Swimming and Diving Set to Welcome East Carolina for Alumni/Senior Day
Senior Elise Blaschke
BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving team closes out its 2012-13 dual meet season when the Retriever welcome East Carolina to the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The meet, which is set to begin at 1:00 p.m., will be preceded by a brief ceremony to celebrate the 19 seniors on the Retrievers rosters.
The UMBC men enter the meet with ECU looking to cap an unbeaten run after winning the team’s first six dual meets. The Retrievers have used a team effort, led by upperclassmen, to propel them to the unblemished mark.
On the diving boards, senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) has already qualified for the NCAA Zones meet with top-America East scores of 338.25 in the 1-meter and 348.45 in the 3-meter. Last week against Loyola, the senior captain swept the diving events, the third such time he has done so this season, while posting his season-high in the high dive competition.
In the swimming pool, senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) and junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) have combined for 27 dual meet victories this season to pace the men. Against the Greyhounds, each swept an event discipline with De Waal taking the butterfly events and Hussein claiming the two backstroke events.
Three other Retrievers have also won at least five dual meet events this season, led by sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) who owns seven victories this season. Junior Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) leads the UMBC sprinters with five wins while freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) has quickly impressed in the breaststroke with five victories of his own.
The women’s 165-116 victory of the Greyhounds was emblematic of their season as well with three new Retrievers adding themselves to the winners list for 2012-13. In all, ten athletes won at least one event against Loyola.
Senior captains Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) have led by example for the Retrievers, giving UMBC a combined 12 wins this season. In addition, Barron has helped the 200 medley relay team win five of the six events this season while also featuring four times for a victorious 400 free relay team.
Not to be outdone, juniors Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) and Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) have put together strong seasons. Ronning has commanded the sprint free races, winning the 50 free three times and the 100 free twice. Tadena, meanwhile, has proven her versatility winning five different events this season.
Sophomore Katie Bean (Mechnicsville, Va./Atlee) and freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) have given the Retrievers a well-rounded cast on the diving boards. Both divers have qualified for the NCAA Zones and have combined for seven victories during the dual meet season.