Team Effort Leads Swimming and Diving to Sweep of Local Rival Loyola
Junior Talor Tadena
BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving team won 28 of the 32 events, including all four relays for the fourth time this season, as the Retrievers swept local rival Loyola, Saturday afternoon at the Mangione Pool. The men eased past the Greyhounds by a score of 181-108 to push their undefeated record to 6-0 while the women downed Loyola 165-116 to move to 5-2 this season.
18 different Retrievers won at least won event on Saturday, with five athletes gaining multiple victories.
For the men, senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) and Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) once again claimed two victories each. De Waal swept the butterfly events, winning the 200-yd. competition with a time of 1:50.62 and following it up with a winning time of 51.44 in the 100-yd. event. Hussein, meanwhile, earned the sweep in the backstroke discipline with a time of 51.44 in the 100-yd. and 1:52.79 in the 200.
On the diving boards, senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) swept the two diving events for the third time this season. Eckhoff, who has already qualified for the NCAA Zones meet to be held at Virginia Tech in March, recorded a season-best in the 3-meter win with a score of 348.45 while winning the 1-meter competition with a score of 321.75.
In the 200 free, sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) earned the win for the Retrievers while freshman Joe Bieda (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) and junior Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) finished two-three. Neuendorf also earned a victory of his own, winning the 400 IM (4:10.68).
Senior Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymansium) gave UMBC a sweep in the breaststroke with Gallagher winning the 100-yd event (58.74) and Endres taking the top spot in the 200-yd. competition (2:11.65).
In the freestyle, senior Alex Moothart (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) won his first event of the season, the 500 (4:44.67) while junior Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) won the 50 free (47.12).
On the women’s side, junior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) and sophomore Becca Pindral (Land O’ Lakes, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch) each earned two wins to pace the Retrievers. Tadena won the 50 free (24.11) and 100 fly (58.46) while Pindral swept the breast events with a season-best time of 1:07.76 in the 100-yd. competition and 2:27.85 in the 200-yd. race.
Five seniors each earned wins against the Greyhounds on Saturday. Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten) won her third event in two weeks by winning the 500 free (5:13.63) while Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) took top honors in the 200 back (2:05.90). In the 200 fly, Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) won her second event of the season with a season-best time of 2:07.98.
Elise Blaschke (Washington Township, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) earned her second win of the season by winning the 100 free with a top season time of 53.40.
A pair of Retrievers claimed their first wins of the season as senior Katie Powlen (Southborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional) won the 1000 free (10:46.05) and freshman Carly Deeter (Langhorne, Pa./Pennington School) won the 400 IM (4:39.78).
Junior Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic (Gymnasium Pripotocni) earned her fifth win of the season, and fourth in the 100 back with a time of 57.58, a season best.
On the boards, sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) claimed the 1-meter title, her third event win of the season, with a score of 229.26.
UMBC concludes its dual meet season next weekend when East Carolina pays a visit to the UMBC Aquatic Complex with the meet beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Retrievers will be celebrating Alumni/Senior Day before the start of the meet.