Gabriele gives JMU swimming the edge

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Mark Gabriele (Calvert Hall) contributed a batch of points, and James Madison needed almost all of them.


Gabriele won three individual events and swam on four championship relays as James Madison's men edged runner-up North Carolina-Wilmington, 727-715.5, in the closest championship meet in the 10-year swimming history of the Colonial Athletic Association. It was the Dukes' fourth straight title.

Named the men's Outstanding Performer, Gabriele won the 100-yard butterfly for the fourth consecutive year, in a CAA and JMU-record 48.44 seconds, qualifying for the NCAA Championships. He won his second 200 individual medley and first 100 freestyle crowns, completing his CAA career with eight individual titles and six conference records.


In the women's championships, freshman Jenn Murach (Bel Air) swam on three winning relays and was third in the 50 freestyle in helping JMU tie for the title with East Carolina with 738.5 points. ,, In the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, which the Dukes had to win to tie, Murach swam the leadoff leg, triggering the relay team's half-second victory.

JMU sophomore Amanda Kuehl (McDonogh) won the CAA 3-meter diving event to qualify for the Zone B Championships March 10-11 at Navy.

* Junior Melissa Warlow (Garrison Forest) swam on four winning relays and placed third in the 400 and 200 individual medleys as Williams captured its seventh straight New England Division III Championship, defeating second-place Middlebury by more than 300 points.


South River grads Kim and Jason Fullmer had big weekends many miles apart. Kim, a senior at Doane College in Crete, Neb., qualified in the hurdles for the NAIA Championships for the third straight year. Jason, a Virginia Tech sophomore who struggled through his first year with a hamstring injury, won the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference 55-meter hurdles title.

* Freshman Kevin McKinney (Old Mill) was in bed with the flu when Kent coach Ron Lasorsa called to see if McKinney could run the 200 meters in the Kent Pentagonals. McKinney not only obliged but finished second in a personal-best 21.98 seconds.


Junior Mike Jenson, a two-time state champion at Randallstown, raised his record to 18-7 at 177 pounds in helping Rider to consecutive victories over North Carolina State, Army, Rutgers and Hofstra.



Freshman guard Alfred McAllister (Edgewood) was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week after being the lone Lafayette player to score in double figures against Lehigh and Bucknell. McAllister is third on the team in scoring with 6.3 ppg.

* Senior Dennis Edwards (Annapolis) raised his career points to 1,333 and moved into fifth place on Fort Hays State's all-time list . . . . Sophomore forward Rich Rhinehart (Towson Catholic) is averaging 12.7 points for Shippensburg and is the team's No. 2 rebounder (7.7 rpg).