Three Retrievers Earn Weekly America East Swimming and Diving Honors
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The UMBC swimming and diving team earned three America East weekly performance awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) and senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) were named Male and Female Swimmer of the Week, respectively, while junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was named Male Diver of the week for the second consecutive week.
This is the first time this year that UMBC has garnered three of the four weekly awards. Previously, the Retrievers had earned two weekly awards in four separate weeks.
The Male Swimmer of the Week honor is the first for Hussein, a mid-year transfer for the Retrievers. In his first home meet, Saturday against local rivals Loyola and Towson, Hussein picked up three individual wins, in addition to leading off for the victorious 200 medley relay. The junior swept the 100 (51.97) and 200 back (1:51.94) before claiming victory in the 200 IM (1:53.53) to finish the day undefeated.
For McKenney, last year's America East Swimmer of the Year, this is her third weekly award of the season. Swimming for the last time at the UMBC Natatorium on Saturday, she did not disappoint, bookending her day by anchoring both the 200 medley and 400 free relays to wins. In the middle, McKenney picked up her sixth win of the year, claiming first in the 100 free (52.54).
Meanwhile, Eckhoff wins his fifth weekly award of the season after winning his sixth diving event of the year on Saturday. Having already qualified for NCAA Zones with dives from the competition with Towson back in October, Eckhoff won the 3-meter diving event on Saturday with a score of 295.25.
For the year, UMBC has won 13 individual weekly awards, with Eckhoff leading the way with five. McKenney (3) and junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) (2) have also won multiple awards.
The Retrievers have the week off from competition before heading to Philadelphia, Pa. next week to face Penn and LaSalle in a tri-dual meet on Feb. 4.