Rohtla and Wong Give Retriever Swimming and Diving Second Straight Sweep of CCSA Awards
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the second straight week, the UMBC men's swimming and diving team has swept the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) weekly awards, the conference office announced on Wednesday morning. Senior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) was named the league's Swimmer of the week, while junior Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) earned Diver of the Week accolades.
The awards are the first of the year for both Rohtla and Wong and bring the Retrievers' season haul up to six with senior swimmer Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) and senior diver Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) each capturing two honors. In addition, senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) was named the America East Swimmer of the Week yesterday for the women's squad.
Rohtla earns his first weekly conference award since gaining the America East Swimmer of the Week honor back on Oct. 11, 2011, during his sophomore season. This past weekend, Rohtla helped guide the Retrievers past Old Dominion on the road, 158-139, by winning two individual events, to bring his season total up to six. After competing in the 200 medley relay, Rohtla captured the 100-yd. backstroke title with a season-best time of 51.95. He then completed the sweep of the back events by winning the 200-yd. race with a pool record time of 1:51.78.
Wong, meanwhile, picks up his first award after posting season-best scores in both diving events and winning his first dual meet event of the season. After placing second in the 1-meter event behind Perkins with a total season score of 265.64, Wong broke the 300-point plateau for the first time this season, scoring 305.10, en route to winning the 3-meter competition.
UMBC is away from competition each of the next two weekends before traveling to George Mason for the three-day Patriot Invitational, which begins on Nov. 21.