BALTIMORE – After four dual meets in October and November, the UMBC swimming and diving team closes the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule with the three-day Patriot Invitational which begins Thursday at George Mason. The multi-day competition will commence at 10:00 a.m. each morning with event prelims, and then reconvene at 6:00 p.m. for the finals of each competition.
The Retriever men enter the three-day competition with a 3-1 mark in dual meets so far, recording victories over Rider, George Washington, and Old Dominion, while dropping a close decision to Navy. Last season, UMBC placed third at the Patriot Invitational, snapping the Retrievers' string of six-straight victories at the George Mason meet.
This season, senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College), an NCAA competitor last season, has been named the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimmer of the Week twice while compiling a team-best ten event wins. In addition, Hussein has helped UMBC capture five relay victories so far.
Classmate Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) has bolstered the squad, picking up six dual meet wins this season, including two at ODU to propel him to earning the CCSA weekly honor.
Sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) has equaled Rohtla with his six wins, splitting them evenly between the 100 and 200 breast events. Senior Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island) and freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) have led the sprinters, claiming five wins between them.
On the diving boards, senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) qualified for the NCAA Zones Meet with his score of 323.62 in the 3-meter competition against George Washington and has won four events this season. Perkins has been named the conference Diver of the Week twice this season while junior Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) received the honor on Nov. 6 following his victory in the 3-meter competition versus Old Dominion.
For the women, a mix of veteran leadership and youthful energy has pushed UMBC to a 2-2 dual meet mark with wins against Rider and GW. The Retrievers have won seven of the eight relay competitions this season, dropping only the 200 medley at ODU.
Senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) has racked up seven wins this season, despite missing the season-opener at Rider. Tadena claimed the 100-yd. breast, 100-yd. free, and 100-yd. fly against the Monarchs and was rewarded with the America East Swimmer of the Week award on Nov. 5. In addition, the senior has contributed to five of UMBC's seven relay wins.
Rookie Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) has led a talented group of freshman so far this season and paces the entire UMBC squad with eight event wins. Showing versatility, Escobedo has captured the 100-yd. breast, 200-yd. breast, and 200-yd. IM events this season. Classmate Hannah Sutherland (Kingston, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary), meanwhile, has collected two wins apiece in the 100-yd. and 200-yd. butterfly disciplines.
Sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) has already earned three victories on the diving boards this season, winning the 3-meter against Navy and then sweeping the events during the Retrievers' meet with GW. She posted a season-best 3-meter score of 243.75 in her win versus Navy and she looks to qualify once again for the NCAA Zones.