Swimming and Diving Wins 19 Events; Sweeps America East Rival Boston University
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.