COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 27, 2014 – Senior Kelsey Holmgaard (Roanoke, Va./George Mason) became the first James Madison swimmer to repeat as the 200-yard individual medley champion to highlight two event wins for the swimming and diving team on day two of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at Eppley Recreation Center in College Park, Md., Thursday.
Towson used a big-time performance in the 500-yard freestyle to move into first place in the team competition with 303 points. JMU is in second with 257 points followed by William & Mary in third (153 points), Delaware (148) in fourth, Northeastern (125) in fifth, UNCW (123) in sixth, College of Charleston (115) in seventh and Drexel (93) rounding out the field in eighth.
Holmgaard was part of a duo that placed first and second in the 200 IM. She completed the swim in a NCAA “B” cut time of 2:00.23 to earn her second consecutive gold in the event. Senior Shannon Dubay (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) claimed second with a time of 2:00.32, also a NCAA “B” cut time.
Madison’s second gold on the day was in the 200-yard freestyle relay. It is the Dukes second relay title of the Championships. The quartet of Dubay, junior Susanne Gingher (Boalsburg, Pa./State College Area) and sophomores Camilla Czulada (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and Carli Molano (Centreville, Va./Westfield) completed the event in a time of 1:30.99 to earn 40 points for JMU.
Gingher was the next top finisher on the evening for JMU by claiming third in the 50-yard freestyle. The junior touched the wall in a career-best time of 23.03 to put 16 points on the board. It is the second-fastest time in JMU history in the event. William & Mary’s Megan Howard won the event followed closely by Rachel Sears of UNCW. Czulada (23.25) and Molano (23.44) placed ninth and tenth, respectively.. Czulada’s time is the fourth-fastest time in school history while Molano turned in the fifth-fastest time.
Towson placed the top five finishers in the 500-yard freestyle and had five of the eight qualifiers in the Championship final to earn 93 points in the swim. JMU junior Aimee Hooper (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) was the top non-Towson finisher, placing sixth in a time of 4:52.26. Senior Morgan Johnson (Woodstock, Ga./Woodstock) came in seventh with a time of 4:54.63 while sophomore Cameron Martin (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) earned three points for the Dukes by placing 14th (4:57.10).
Day three of the CAA Championships continues from Eppley Recreation Center on Friday with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. Finals start at 6 p.m. with medals being handed out in the 400-yard individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, one-meter diving and the 400-yard medley relay.
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