Women's Swimming & Diving

Swimming and Diving Wins 21 Events in Season-Opening Meet at Bucknell


LEWISBURG, Pa.—The UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their 2011-12 season with a non-scored meet at Bucknell on Saturday, winning 21 of 44 events.

Junior Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) swept the three women's individual medley events, while sophomore Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) won all three women's breaststroke events.

In addition, senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) and sophomore Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) won both backstroke events for their respective teams, while junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) swept the men's diving events.

Other individual winners included junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) in the men's 200 fly, freshman Lauri Kaei (Harjurmaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) in the men's 200 free, sophomore Charlie Melesh (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis/Pfeiffer) in the men's 1,000 free, senior Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional) in the women's 50 fly, junior Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) in the women's 200 fly and senior Ashley Sippel (Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton) in the women's 200 free.

The Retriever women also won both relays, as Moorby, Tadena, senior Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) and sophomore Kali Dean (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing) took the 200 medley relay and McKenney, sophomore Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), senior Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Sippel won the 400 free relay. In addition, Kaei, sophomore Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island), Rohtla and De Waal won the men's 400 free relay.

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 15, when they visit Rider at 1 p.m.

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