HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct. 26, 2012 – After opening its season with a solid performance against UMBC and Rider two weeks ago, the James Madison swimming and diving program continues its 2012-13 campaign in Philadelphia this weekend.
JMU travels to the Keystone State for a double-dual meet against Villanova and West Virginia in the 9:30 a.m. meet at the Villanova Swim Complex.
“We are excited to compete against two very good programs in Villanova and West Virginia,” swimming and diving head coach Samantha Smith said. “We are looking for strong leadership from our upperclassmen as they have been in tough meets before and know how to stay poised. Our freshmen will be expected to jump on board and contribute as we face strong competition. Our primary goal is to improve on the racing and diving from our last meet. We want to see improvement in both the execution and the results of each event as we go from meet-to-meet this year.”
The Dukes opened their season on Oct. 13 in Baltimore, Md., in a double-dual meet against UMBC and Rider. JMU won both meets, defeating Rider 231-67 and UMBC 175-124.
The diving team dominated the meet for Madison. It finished with six of the top-seven scores combined in the two events. Senior Kimberly Helfrich (Fort Belvoir, Va./West Springfield) led the way with a pair of first-place finishes. She was named the Colonial Athletic Association Diver of the Week after scoring a 264.45 on the three-meter board and a 269.00 on the one-meter. Sophomore Alex Savage (Carrolton, Texas/Lewisville Hebron) claimed second on the one-meter (238.00) and freshman Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) was second in the three-meter event (246.65).
In the swimming events, Madison won six of the 14 events, including first-place finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events by sophomore Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield). JMU also received wins from senior Caroline Burns (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) in the 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) in the 100-yard freestyle, junior Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) in the 500-yard freestyle and junior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) in the 200-yard individual medley.
Madison wrapped up its solid opening with wins in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. The medley relay team was made up of Won, Burns, junior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and freshman Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield). The freestyle team consisted of Molano, Burns, Gingher and freshman Camilla Czulada (Sinking Springs, Pa./Wilson).
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