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James Madison earned its first CAA Swimming and Diving title since 2001

Dominating Performance Gives JMU First CAA Swimming & Diving Title Since 2001

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 02/26/2012
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FAIRFAX, Va. (Feb. 25, 2012) - James Madison captured its first CAA Virginia 529 Women's Swimming & Diving Championship in eleven years on Saturday at George Mason's Jim McKay Natatorium in Fairfax, Va. The Dukes tallied 771 total points to win the title, 146 points ahead of second-place Towson.

George Mason senior Ashley Danner was tabbed the Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer, while JMU senior Nicole Jotso was named the meet's Most Outstanding Diver. James Madison's Samantha Smith earned his first ever Women's Coach of the Year award and JMU's Becky Benson garnered Women's Diving Coach of the Year honors for the third consecutive season.

James Madison senior Eva Hannesdottir closed out her CAA career by claiming the 100 free in a NCAA 'B' cut time of 49.54. Sophomore Kelsey Holmgaard posted a strong second place finish in the 200 breast, in a mark of 2:12.87. Both Duke swimmers teamed up with senior Catalina Mendieta and freshman Susanne Gingher to take second in the 400 free relay in a NCAA worthy time of 3:21.18.

Towson sophomore Kaitlin Burke took down the first event of the day, clocking a 'B' cut time of 16:22.88 in the 1650 free. Senior Cari Czarnecki cruised to her second straight CAA 200 fly win, besting the field by over two seconds. Sophomore Melanie Rowland touched the wall in second for the Tigers in 1:59.97. Towson was looking to capture an unprecedented fifth consecutive women's crown.

Mason junior Ashley Danner raced to her fourth-consecutive title in the 200 breast with a lighting fast pace of 2:09.17. Other winners on the night were William & Mary senior Hailey Hewitt in the 200 back (1:58.22) and the UNCW women claimed the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay in a CAA meet record time of 3:20.81.

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Women's Final Team Scores

1. James Madison - 771

2. Towson - 625

3. UNC Wilmington - 494

4. William and Mary - 476.5

5. Old Dominion - 327.5

6. Northeastern - 276

7. George Mason - 253

8. Delaware - 238

9. Drexel - 134