SOMERS, Wisc., April 25, 2012 – Six members of the James Madison Swimming and Diving team collected Mid-Major All-America honorable mention honors as announced by CollegeSwimming.com on Wednesday. Seniors Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn) and Catalina Mendieta (Parkland, Fla./Marjory Stoneman Douglas), junior Andrea Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant), sophomores Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) and Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and freshman Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) all collected the honors for Madison.
CollegeSwimming.com selected 23 Mid-Major All-Americans based upon participation in the NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships. Additionally, 121 swimmers were selected as honorable mentions based upon achievement of an NCAA “B” cut time in an individual event during the season.
Criscuolo won the award for a third straight year while Dubay and Hannesdottir each recorded the achievement as second time.
Hannesdottir won the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championship in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events while adding All-CAA honors in the 50 freestyle. She recorded NCAA “B” cut times in all three events while setting new school records in each of the events. In addition, the senior helped her team finish first in the 200, 400 and 800-yard freestyle relay events, setting new school records in each event along the way. Recently, she traveled back to her native Iceland and participated in the Icelandic National Championships where she won both the 100 and 200 freestyle events.
Mendieta recorded her “B” cut time in the 100-yard butterfly event at the CAA Championships. She won gold in the event while establishing a new school record in the process. The senior also swam on the team that set a new conference record while winning the 200 freestyle relay.
Criscuolo earned honorable mention All-America honors for the third straight season after recording a NCAA qualifying time in the 200 butterfly. She finished third in the event at the CAA Championships with a time of 2:00.24. The junior also swam on the 400 medley relay team that established a new conference record.
Holmgaard turned in “B” cut times in the 200 individual medley as well as the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Dubay and Won also timed NCAA qualifying times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Won was named the CAA Rookie Swimmer of the Year for her efforts during the season.
The JMU swim team won its first conference championships since 2001 this season. The team broke school records in 15 events, including setting conference championship records in two of the five relays.
George Mason’s Ashley Danner was named the Mid-Major Swimmer of the Year on Wednesday.
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