WASHINGTON, D.C. – In their first competitive meet since the Patriot Invitational back in November, the UMBC swimming and diving teams started the 2012 calendar year with a sweep of Howard at Burr Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
Mid-year transfer junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) began his UMBC career picking up three individual wins against the Bison. Fellow transfer Reijo Hyvenen (Vantaa, Finland/Makelanrinteen/LSU) won two individual events and helped the 200 freestyle relay pick up a win as well.
Junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) continued his strong 2011-12 campaign, winning his eighth dual meet event of the season, in addition to helping the 200 medley relay to victory.
On women's side, freshman Mariana Alvarado Gorda (Colonia Viveros, Mexico/Universidad Valle de Mexico) won the 200-yard free (1:57.13) to pick up the first dual meet win of her career.
Sophomore Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) continues to impress, as she claimed victory in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.82) and also helping the Retrievers win the 200 free and 200 medley relays.
The Retrievers are back in the pool next Saturday when they host local rivals Loyola and Towson. UMBC will be hosting alumni and senior day for the meet, which begins at 1 p.m. at the UMBC Natatorium