FAIRFAX, VA. – The UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed day one of the Patriot Invitational at George Mason with the lead. The Retrievers won four events while claiming second in four events as well.
Despite settling for second, the women started off the meet with a bang recording a school-best time (1:33.50), just a hair behind UNC-Wilmington.
After both the men's and women's 200 free relays finished second in their respective races, junior Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) picked up UMBC's first win of the day, claiming gold in the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.76). Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill), Ashley Sippel (Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton), and Pink Kinanti (Jakarta, Indonesia/The Bolles School (Fla.)) also gained valuable points for the Retrievers in the event.
In the very next race, junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) and sophomore Charlie Melesh (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis/Pfeiffer) finished one-two in the men's 500 free, to give the Retrievers a good start.
Senior Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) continued the Retrievers fast start, winning the 200 IM (2:05.71) with junior Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) finishing in third. Juniors Elise Blaschke (Sewell, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) and Claire Barron (Loewstoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) finished ninth and 12th, respectively to earn points for UMBC.
Junior Mike McGee (Chalfont, Pa./La Salle College HS) picked up the Retrievers' final win of the day beating out teammate Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) for the victory in the 200 IM. Herol Marjak (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), Ben Wolbert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster), and Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) finished 5th, 6th, and 7th in the event as the Retrievers took five of the eight top point slots.
UMBC gets back in the pool tomorrow for Day Two of the Patriot Invitational, with competition starting at 10 a.m.