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Retrievers Sweep Weekly Conference Swimming and Diving Awards
Senior Andrew Eckhoff
Junior Mohamed Hussein
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following an impressive sweep of Old Dominion this past weekend at the UMBC Aquatic Complex, the Retrievers swept the weekly America East swimming and diving awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) and senior Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) swept the swimming awards, while senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) claimed the diving honors.
Hussein picks up his fourth weekly award of the season after pacing the Retrievers with three individual wins against the Monarchs. In addition, the junior anchored the 400 free relay to a win in the final event of the day. Hussein opened his day with a win in the 200 free (1:40.83), before earning victories in the 100 fly (50.91) and 200 IM (1:53.64). His three wins push his dual meet total to a UMBC-best 14 wins this season while he also owns the top time in the conference in the 200 IM.
The award is Barron’s first conference weekly honor, but comes after an impressive meet against the Lady Monarchs. On Saturday, Barron earned a total of four victories, sweeping the breaststroke events while also helping the Retrievers earn both relay wins. The senior won the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.63 before leading the pack in the 200 breast with a time of 2:25.04.
On the boards, Eckhoff and Darelius gave UMBC a clean sweep of the four diving events in Saturday’s meet. Eckhoff earned a season-best and NCAA Zone qualifying score of 337.95 on the 3-meter board after claiming the 1-meter win with a total of 329.23 points. The conference award is Eckhoff’s fifth of the season, a team-high, and 11th over the last two seasons. The senior currently owns the top diving score in the America East in both events.
Darelius, meanwhile, earns her second career America East accolade after winning both diving competitions for the second time this season. Against Old Dominion on Saturday, Darelius turned in a career-best performance in the 3-meter, garnering the win with a score of 270.22, the top score in the conference this season. She picked up the win in the 1-meter competition with a score of 253.35.
As a whole, the UMBC swimming and diving teams have won a total of 16 weekly conference awards this season with the men earning 11 and the women claiming five. In addition to Eckhoff’s five awards and Hussein’s four, senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) has been selected as the Swimmer of the Week three times. For the women, sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) has been named Female Diver of the Week twice.
The Retrievers return to competition this weekend when they travel across town to take on Loyola on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Mangione Pool.