February 13, 2012

Eckhoff Breaks School Record at Drexel, Swimming Competes at Terrapin Invitational

 

BALTIMORE, MD. – UMBC swimming and diving junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) smashed his own UMBC record in the 3-mtr competition, while sweeping both diving competition at Drexel. Meanwhile, sophomore Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) won two events to lead the Retrievers at the two-day, unscored, Terrapin Invitational at the Eppley Recreation Center.

Competing in Philadelphia for the second straight week, Eckhoff, who set the school record for the 3-mtr back in October, broke his own record with a score of 361.20 at Drexel.  The previous mark was 354.30, set against Towson in an unscored meet earlier this season.  Eckhoff also won the 1-mtr competition against the Dragons with a score of 283.42.

In College Park, Neuendorf picked up his second and third wins of the year, claiming victory in the 400 IM (4:02.28) and 500-yard freestyle (4:38.10). The sophomore's time in the 400 free is a personal-best, and ranks tenth in UMBC history, while the 500 time is a season-best. 

Junior Dylan Kent (Oakville, Ontario, Canada/OakvilleTrafalgar) claimed silver in the 400 IM to give the Retrievers a one-two finish in the event.

In addition, junior Patrick Bryan (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) won his first event of the year, the 200 IM, swimming a season-best 1:56.11.  After posting the best time in the preliminaries, senior Andrew Reid(Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) finished just behind his teammate with a time of 1:56.83.

Freshman Mark Tracy (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelsmford) won the first event of his career, claiming the gold in the 100 fly with season-best time (51.20).

Tracy, Reid and Bryan also finished two-three-four in the 200 fly, touching just behind Penn's Nathaniel Holmes.

The swimming and diving teams now have the week off from competition before heading to Boston for the America East Championships which begin on Thurs. Feb. 23.  The four-day event will be held at Boston University.