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Swimming and Diving Opens Season with Dominating 166-72 Win at Radford
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/04/2013

Radford, Va., Oct. 4, 2013 – James Madison swimming and diving won 12 of 13 events, including both relay and diving events to earn a 166-72 win over Radford in the opening dual meet of the season on Friday.

JMU starts its season at 1-0, winning its season opener for the third consecutive season while Radford opens the year at 0-1.

Sophomore diver Taryn McLaughlin (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) finished first in both diving events with NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores on each board. She scored a 315.10 on the three-meter board and a 296.15 to earn the first two diving titles of her career. Fellow sophomore diver Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) also turned in a NCAA qualifying score, totaling 279.0 points to finish second on the one-meter board. Freshman Olivia Lehman (Dayton, Ohio/Centreville) made her first appearances for the Dukes, finishing second on the three-meter with a score of 258.45.

Junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) also claimed a pair of victories for the Dukes, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. She timed a 10:23.42 in the 1,000 free to finish more than nine seconds clear of her nearest competitor while also timing a 2:13.64 in the 200 IM.

Other individual event winners for the Dukes were senior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason), junior Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) sophomores Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield), Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora) and Cameron Martin (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs), and freshman Jennifer Vieni (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee Davis).

Holmgaard placed first in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:54.92 to beat out Vieni who finished in second with a time of 1:58.28. Vieni touched the wall in 54.29 to earn her first career collegiate win in the 100-yard freestyle.

Molano won the 50-yard freestyle, timing a 24.79, edging senior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) by 0.12 seconds.   Gingher timed a 1:00.28 to win the 100-yard backstroke while Martin won the 500 free with a time of 5:07.97. Presgraves wrapped up the individual performances by the Dukes with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:07.32.

The Dukes started the meet with a win in the 400-yard medley. The team of Gingher, Vieni, junior Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and freshman Nina Tremols (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) touched the wall at 3:56.89 to claim the meet’s opening 11 points.

The quartet of Dubay, Martin, sophomore Kristen Zielinski (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield (Nova Southeastern)) and freshman Claire Adkins (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle) closed the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay, timing a 3:39.76 to beat their nearest competitor by over two seconds.

Madison returns to the pool next weekend as it travels to Christiansburg, Va., to participate in the Virginia Tech Swimming Challenge. Teams from Liberty, Virginia Tech, Radford and North Carolina join the Dukes in the meet.

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