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James Madison Sweeps Delaware Aside -- February 1, 2003

Feb. 1. THE James Madison men's swimming and diving team took an impressive win today over the Blue Hens from Delaware, 153-113. On the women's side, JMU captured its final home meet of the season by beating the Delaware Blue Hens, 158-139.

The Dukes won seven of the 16 women's events and finished second in 10 others.

Among the highlights of the meet was the performance of JMU junior, Mary Webber (Chattanooga, Tenn./The Baylor School). She finished first in the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events, with respective times of 25.28 and 1:57.10. Webber also took a second place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.

JMU was victorious in 200-yard freestyle relay. Composing the squad were senior captain Marie Hansbrough (Catlett, Va./Liberty), sophomore Christine Filak (Clifton, Va./Centreville), freshman Kim Baguchinski (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional), and freshman Megan Loucks (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) with a time of 1:38.95. Filak also touched the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.65) and finished second in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard medley relay.

Senior captain Rebecca Guy (Richmond, Va./James River) touched the wall at 2:09.97 to give her a first-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly and was also victorious in the 400-yard individual medley (4:42.58). Sophomore Sarah Jane Bova (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) finished first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:10.50.

In the distance events, senior Amanda Coyle (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) took a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:16.61) and came in third in the 1650-yard freestyle.

In diving the Dukes finished second, third and fourth on both the one- and three-meter boards. Freshman Lisa Enders (Pittsburgh, Pa./Seneca Valley) took two second-place finishes.

Setting a pool record on the three-meter board was Delaware’s Julie Van Deusen (Bear, Del./The Hill School) from Delaware. The new mark is 309.375. Van Deusen also finished first on the one-meter board.

On the men's side, The Dukes captured 11 of the 16 events to close out the regular season with a 6-4 record.

To put an exclamation on the meet, JMU set a pool record in the last event. Junior Jeff Hicks (Clifton, Va./Centreville), junior Mike Nicholas (Herndon, Va./PaulVI), freshman Danny Gray (Carlisle, Pa./Carlise) and senior John McLaren (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville) clocked in at 1:23.23 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. It was the fourth pool mark established during the Dukes’ three-meet homestand.

The Dukes also won the 200-yard medley relay. Swimming were senior Scott Moyer (Raleigh, N.C.), Nicholas, senior captain Ryan Hegna (Cranford, N.J./Wardlaw-Hartridge) and senior captain Brody Reid (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) touching the wall with a time of 1:40.25.

Hicks took two first-place finishes and had the top time in an exhibition swim. In the 100-yard backstroke, Hicks came in with a time of 51.59, he finished with a time of 48.95 in the 100-yard freestyle and swam as an exhibition in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:49.03.

Junior Aaron Nester (Williamsburg, Va./Lafayette) was victorious in the 100- and 200- yard breaststroke events with respective times of 57.85 and 2:07.67. Coming in second in both those events was junior Robert Smith (Hershey, Pa./Hershey).

JMU took a first-, second-, and third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Coming in first was Hegna (1:46.56), followed by Reid and sophomore Adam Gathman (Matthews, N.C./East Mecklenburg). In the 50-yard freestyle the Dukes once again captured another first-, second-, third-place finish. McLaren had the fastest time with 20.67, and behind him was freshman R.J. Dunn (Herndon, Va./Herndon), and junior Mark Depew (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock).

Earning single wins for the Dukes were, freshman Adam Zurowski (Woodbridge, Va/Bishop Ireton) in the 1650-yard freestyle (16:43.97), freshman Brad Burton (Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker) in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.40), and Moyer had the fastest time in the an 400-yard individual medley (4:15.91), which was swam as an exhibition.

In diving, junior Daniel Rotach (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) finished first on both the one- and three- meter boards, and behind him was freshman Will Waite (Herndon, Va/Oakton).