HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 1, 2013 – James Madison swimming and diving won seven of the 10 events on day one of the Colonial Athletic Association Pod Meet as it leads the four-team meet being held this weekend in Savage Natatorium in Harrisonburg, Va.
Joining the Dukes in the Pod Meet are teams from Delaware, UNCW and William & Mary. JMU leads Delaware 113-54, UNCW 107-60 and William & Mary 105-62. William holds leads over the other two opponents with a 98.50-68.50 edge over UD and a 98-69 advantage over UNCW. UD control a slim advantage over UNCW in the final dual, leading 86-81.
Madison opened the meet by setting a Savage Natatorium pool record in the first event of the day. The Dukes’ relay team of juniors Melissa Criscuolo (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant), Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) and Sin Hye Won (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) and sophomore Kacy Edsall (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd) completed the 400-yard medley relay in a time of 3:50.13 to break a record that stood since 2010.
JMU followed that with individual wins in each of the next two events. Junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) highlighted a first and second-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle as she breezed by the competition in a time of 17:24.50 while freshman Claire Adkins (Martinsville, Va./Carlisle) claimed second at 17:32.82. It was senior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) that placed first in the next event, the 200-yard freestyle. Holmgaard completed the sprint in a time of 1:52.26.
The next Madison win came in the 100-yard breaststroke where Won picked up her second victory in as many weeks. She timed a 1:04.03 to slip past UNCW’s Jenson Engren who finished second at 1:04.78. Senior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and sophomore Amanda Presgraves (Leesburg, Va/Tuscarora) claimed fourth (1:05.63) and fifth (1:05.87) respectively.
Criscuolo and Hooper went one-two in the 200-yard butterfly with Criscuolo finishing in 2:06.85 and Hooper at 2:08.58. Gingher picked up the final individual swimming title of the day for Madison, winning the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 23.54.
In the 100-yard backstroke, the Dukes were led by sixth and seventh-place finishes by Edsall and sophomore Stephanie Clarke (South Riding, Va./Feedom), respectively. Edsall touched the wall at 59.26 with Clarke right behind her at 59.30.
The final win on day one came on the diving boards as redshirt freshman Taryn McLaughlin (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) claimed first on the three-meter board. She scored a 284.50 to lead a JMU team that claimed three of the time five spots in the event. Sophomore Carly Alexander (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished third (245.95) while freshman Olivia Lehman (Dayton, Ohio/Centreville) claimed fifth (224.20).
On the one-meter board, it was again McLaughlin leading the way for the Dukes. She placed second with a score 247.20. Lehman (232.85) and Alexander (230.70) were right behind the redshirt freshman in second and third, respectively.
Day two of the CAA Pod meet gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday from Savage Natatorium.
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