BALTIMORE—The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs swept America East rivals Boston University Saturday at the UMBC Natatorium on the back of 22 team season-best times and 19 event wins. The men (2-1) defeated the Terriers (3-1), 178-115, while the women (2-1) won, 156-144, over Boston (3-1).
UMBC’s women relays highlighted the meet, with the 200-yard medley relay of junior Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional), freshman Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista), senior Sarah Ryan(Rockville Centre, N.Y./Oceanside) and junior Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) breaking the team’s own UMBC Natatorium record in a time of 1:46.09. In the final women’s race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay of Miller, freshman Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) and juniors Ashley Sippel (Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton) and Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) clinched the victory in 3:29.96.
On the men’s side, seniors Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) and Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and sophomore transfer Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) each won two individual events. Jones won the 100 (47.73) and 200 free (1:43.46), Reitz swept the 100 (51.18) and 200 fly (1:53.27), while De Waal won the distance events, taking the 500 free in 4:40.91 and the 1,000 free in 9:38.89, both UMBC season-best times.
Sophomore Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) swept the men’s diving events, winning the 1-meter with a score of 299.55 and the 3-meter with a score of 284.77.
The women’s side had six individual winners who swam UMBC season-best times, including senior Rebecca Godwin (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) winning the 1,000 free in 10:14.86 and junior Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) taking the 200 back in 2:08.78. Ryan claimed the 100 fly in 57.29, McKenney won the 100 free in 52.36, Sippel took the 200 free 1:54.03 and Moorby claimed the 100 back in 59.30.
On the men’s side, junior Nour Saad (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) won the 200 back in a UMBC season-best time of 1:51.47, while freshman Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) won the 100 back in 52.58.
In the final event of the meet, the men’s 400 free relay of senior Keilan Freeman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Argyll Centre), sophomores Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and Herol Marjak (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Sec Science School), and Jones finished first in a time of 3:10.37.
The Retrievers return to action Nov. 13 for a tri-meet against Maryland and Towson in College Park, Md.