BALTIMORE—Junior swimmer Pierre De Waal (Petroia, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) of the men's swimming and diving team was named UMBC's Athlete of the Month for November 2011 in a poll of fans conducted from Dec. 1-7. De Waal received 338 of 523 total votes (64.6 percent) to outdistance himself from Abbey McKenney of women's swimming and diving (122 votes, 23.3 percent). Erin Brown of women's basketball,Chase Plummer of men's basketball and Dalton Tolliver of volleyball were also nominated.
De Waal won six individual events and one relay in two November meets. He picked up three individual wins against Maryland on Nov. 12, taking the 500 free, the 1,000 free and the 200 fly. Then at the Patriot Invitational Nov. 17-19, De Waal claimed three gold medals, winning the 200 free, the 500 free and 200 fly, setting new season bests in each event, and he anchored the 800 free relay to victory, as well. In addition, he set a meet record in the 200 fly, swimming a career-best 1:48.15, the second-fastest time in school history, and he was named America East Swimmer of the Week for his performance.
The reigning America East champion in the 500 free and 1,650 free, De Waal has won 11 individual events this season.
Athlete of the Month Archive
October 2011: Andrew Eckhoff, Men's Swimming & Diving
September 2011: Hallie Carter, Volleyball
May 2011: Amanda Pappas, Women's Lacrosse
April 2011: Scott Jones, Men's Lacrosse
March 2011: Brian McCullough, Men's Lacrosse
February 2011: Keith Onto, Men's Track & Field
January 2011: Eric Jones, Men's Swimming & Diving
December 2010: Michelle Kurowski, Women's Basketball
November 2010: Johan Rohtla, Men's Swimming & Diving
October 2010: Dan Louisignau, Men's Soccer
September 2010: Levi Houapeu, Men's Soccer