BALTIMORE – After two straight home meets, the UMBC swimming and diving teams will make a short road trip down to College Park, Md. on Saturday to take on Maryland. Both the men's and women's teams are 2-1 this season after picking up wins against Rider and George Washington, but falling to Navy. Both teams have a tough challenge in front of them against the ACC squads, with the Maryland women currently ranked 13th in the nation.
The UMBC women's team is off to a fast start thanks to an extremely deep squad. Senior captain Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) has led by example, already winning 10 events in just three meets. McKenney was named America East Swimmer of the Week for the week ending Oct. 23. The women's team has also benefitted from strong starts by Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional), Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif/Bella Vista), and Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades), particularly in the 200 medley relay. Junior Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) has won five individual events this season.
The men's team has been equally successful this season. Junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) broke the UMBC 3-meter diving record (354.30) in an unscored competition against Towson on Oct. 29, qualifying for the NCAA Zone meet in the process. In the same meet, Eckhoff qualified for Zones in the 1-meter as well, posting a score of 335.10.
In the pool, UMBC has been led by sophomore, Johan Rohtla (Tallin, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) and freshman Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) who have each been named America East Swimmer of the Week this year.
Overall the men's and women's teams have picked up a total of seven weekly conference awards through the season's first five weeks.
Saturday's meet will take place at the Eppley Recreation Center in College Park, Md. beginning at 1 p.m.