Dukes Swimmers Break Records En Route to First Place on Day Two

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- After garnering seven medals on the second day of competition, James Madison swimming & diving takes sole possession of first place with 308 points in the 2019 CAA Championship held inside the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

The Dukes racked up 240 points on the day, putting them ahead of William & Mary (235) in second and Towson in third (181).

To begin the evening, sophomore Julianna Jones swam a NCAA B cut time of 4:45.83 for a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle. Her mark broke the school record set by Quinn MacMillan on February 25, 2016. Junior Kristie Darmody notched a bronze medal in the even with season-best time of 4:52.22.

Junior Megan Marsh swam a personal best in the 200 individual medley, securing a bronze medal with a time of 2:02.81.

In the 50 freestyle prelims this morning, junior Bonnie Zhang had a NCAA B cut time of 22.57 which broke the school record set by Camilla Czulada on February 25, 2016. In the final, Zhang clocked in at 22.61 (NCAA B cut) for a second-place finish while senior Jillian Breeger touched the wall at 23.07 for fourth.

The Dukes dominated the 3-meter diving event as sophomore Faith Anderson won the gold, boasting a NCAA Zone qualifying score of 310.75. Anderson's score is the highest in the event since Taryn McLauglin tallied a 373.85 on February 26, 2014. Junior Hope Byrum earned a silver medal, tying her season best of 308.85. Sophomores Emily Gross and Sarah Stim went fourth and fifth, respectively.

JMU's stellar night was capped off when Breeger, junior Sydney Kirsch, Zhang and junior MacKenzie Gring won the 200 freestyle relay for the second straight year, capturing the gold medal with a time of 1:31.20.

QUOTING COACH PEDERSEN
"The team did a fantastic job competing this morning and earned their spots to compete tonight. We had a really solid session tonight with numerous season bests, two school records, NCAA consideration cuts, and individual and relay wins. Overall, it was a very successful day and we can't wait for tomorrow!"

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1. James Madison – 308
2. William & Mary – 235
3. Towson – 181
4. UNCW – 167.5
5. Northeastern – 146.5
6. Drexel – 131
7. Delaware – 93

UP NEXT
The Dukes are back for day three of the 2019 CAA Championship tomorrow with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Prelims begin at 10 a.m. and finals will get underway at 6 p.m.