Retriever Men Pick Up Road Dual Meet Win; Women Fall in Close Decision at Old Dominion
NORFOLK, Va. –Reigning CCSA Swimmer of the Week senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) once again won multiple events and the Retrievers swimming and diving team defeated Old Dominion, 158.5-139.5, Saturday afternoon. The UMBC women battled, but fell to the Monarchs, 155-145, despite three wins from senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista).
Hussein won two events on Saturday to bring his season-total up to a team-best ten victories. After combining with sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallin Secondary Science), and classmate Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island) to claim the 200 medley relay, Hussein won the 100 fly (50.41) for the second-straight week and then took the 200 IM (1:55.08) title for the fourth time this season.
A week after earning a spot at the NCAA Zones meet, senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) picked up another victory by winning the 1-meter diving event against the Monarchs. Junior Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) made it a Retriever diving sweep by scoring 305.10 for the top honor in the 3-meter competition.
Back in the pool, Endres and senior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) earned sweeps in the breaststroke and backstroke events for UMBC. Endres won the 100 event with a time of 57.95 and then took the 200 race by touching the wall at 2:07.36. Rohtla, meanwhile, earned his fifth and sixth wins of the year by winning the 100-yd. race (51.95) followed by the 200-yd. event (1:51.78).
In addition, freshman Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) won his first career dual meet event by taking the top spot in the 500 free (4:41.14).
On the women's side, Tadena led the charge with three individual victories, in addition to helping the 400 free relay claim a victory. The versatile senior opened her day by touching first in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.01) and doubled her winnings with a victory in the 100 free (51.94). Tadena then rounded out her day with an individual win in the 100 fly (57.12), her seventh overall of the year, and anchoring the relay squad.
Freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) continued to shine, as well, winning two events for the fourth straight week. After placing third in the 100 breaststroke, Escobedo won the 200 breast event (2:19.99) and then took the victory in the final individual event of the day, the 200 IM (2:09.40).
The Retriever women won the final event of the day, the 400 free relay, as sophomore Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West), senior Kali Dean (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing), junior Mariana Alvarado Gordoa (Colonia Viveros, Mexico/Universidad Valle de Mexico), and Tadena combined for the win, but it was not quite enough.
UMBC now has nearly three weeks off from competition before traveling to Northern Virginia for the three-day Patriot Invitational from Nov. 21-23 at George Mason.