Retrievers Sweep Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The UMBC swimming and diving teams swept the weekly America East awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) won his sixth Male Diver of the Week award of the season, while sophomore Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) claimed his first ever Swimmer of the Week honor and freshman Katie Bean (Mechaincsville, Va./Atlee) won her first Female Diver of the Week award. No female swimmers in the America East competed this week.
For Eckhoff, his team-high sixth award comes after he swept both diving events in addition to breaking his own school record in the 3-meter competition. Competing in Philadelphia for the second straight week, the junior scored a 361.20 in an unscored meet with Drexel, smashing his previous best of 354.30 set against Towson back in October. Eckhoff also won the 1-meter competition with a score of 283.42.
Neuendorf wins his first weekly award after picking up two wins at the Terrapin Invitational in College Park, Md. The sophomore won the 400 IM (4:02.28) and 500 free (4:38.10) for his second and third wins of the year, respectively. His time in the 400 IM ranks tenth all-time in school history.
Competing at Drexel, Bean also swept both diving events for the Retrievers, to pick up her first career weekly award. The freshman won the 1-meter competition with a season-best score of 229.20, while posting a win in the 3-meter with a 223.27, just beating out teammate Victoria Monetta.
The Retrievers have now won a total of 17 weekly awards during the 2011-12 season, with Eckhoff leading the way with six. Senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) is just behind with three awards and junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) has two.
UMBC now has the week off from competition before heading to Boston for the 2012 America East Swimming and Diving Championships. The four day meet begins on Thurs. Feb. 23 and runs through Sun. Feb. 26 and will be hosted by Boston University.