Relays Set Season-Best Times, But Swimming and Diving Swept By Navy
BALTIMORE – UMBC's Swimming and Diving Team set season-best times in three different relays and senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) won three events, but both the men (157-132) and women (150-144) lost to Navy Friday night at the UMBC Natatorium.
The Retrievers set season-best times in 22 events, including both the men's (3:09.86) and women's (3:32.20) 400 free relays and the women's 200 medley relay (1:47.11) team. Both of the women's teams picked up wins in the events.
Despite the loss head coach Chad Cradock was positive about his teams' performance. "I'm really proud of our effort," Cradock said. "We went into the meet as huge underdogs and performed very well, especially with the ladies putting on a great finish there."
The women's team went back and forth with the Mids all night led by McKenney's two individual wins, besting her 50-yard free (24.36) and 100 free (52.39) times, as well as by juniors Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross). Fay set new marks in the 1000 free (10:38.94) and 500 free (5:11.11) while Kotonias put up two new times, picking up the win in the 200 fly (2:04.40) and finishing second in the 200 back (2:05.78)
Senior Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) and sophomore Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif/Bella Vista) also set new season-bests in the 100 fly (58.41) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.21) respectively, in addition to lowering the mark in the 200 medley relay. Tadena's win in the breaststroke is her second win of the season in the event. Senior Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional) got the Retrievers off to a fast start in the race.
"We took a huge step forward tonight," Cradock said after the meet. "We accepted the challenged presented to us, and fought hard until the end."
For the men, junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) put in a strong effort on the diving boards, winning the 1-mtr competition with a season-high score of 295.73.
Sophomore Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallin Secondary Science) picked up a win in the 100-yard back while setting a new mark in the 200 IM (1:57.26)
Also, freshman Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) continued his hot start to the season pacing the Retrievers in the 200 free (1:41.53) and 100 free (47.81).
The Retrievers return to the pool next Saturday, Oct. 29 when they host George Washington to kick off Parents Weekend. The meet begins at 1:00 p.m. at the UMBC Natatorium.