JMU roundup: Dukes will have send-off for women’s basketball team

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HARRISONBURG – James Madison Athletics will have a send-off for the women’s basketball team as they head to College Station, Texas for the NCAA Tournament on Friday. Fans are encouraged to arrive at 11 a.m. outside A door of the JMU Convocation center.

Fans are also encouraged to send good-luck messages to the team by emailing DukeDog@jmu.edu.

The Dukes are the 11 seed in the Lincoln Regional and take on sixth-seeded Gonzaga on Sunday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. eastern time in College Station, Texas. This is the Dukes’ 10th trip to the NCAA tournament in program history and fourth trip under head coach Kenny Brooks.

Tickets for the first round of the NCAA tournament are available through the JMU Athletics Ticket Office. Purchases may be made at the box office, by calling 540-568-3853 or visiting JMUSports.com.

O’Neill’s Grill is the official watch party destination for JMU women’s basketball fans in Harrisonburg. Beginning with the Dukes’ first-round game against Gonzaga, O’Neill’s will air the JMU games on ESPN and WatchESPN on Sunday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. eastern time.

Swimming and diving
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – James Madison senior swimmer Shannon Dubay participated in her first of three events at the NCAA Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday.

Dubay placed 62nd in the 200-yard individual medley out of a field of 66 to get her NCAA Championships underway. The senior completed the four-stroke swim a time of 2:04.27 during Thursday morning’s preliminaries.

Dubay is the second swimmer in program history to advance to the NCAA Championships, joining junior Sin Hye Won who qualified in both breaststrokes last season. She has two more swims over the next two days. On Friday, she’ll swim in the 100-yard breaststroke before completing the event on Saturday in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Georgia’s Melanie Margalis placed first in the prelims, touching the wall in 1:54.15. Stanford’s Maya DiRado was right behind her in a time of 1:54.20. They’ll compete with 14 other swimmers in the finals of the 200 IM this evening.

Day two of the NCAA Championships gets underway at noon on Friday with preliminaries followed by a finals session starting at 8 p.m. The prelims are available to watch live through University of Minnesota video streaming with the finals available on ESPN3.