Swimming and Diving Sweeps Relays but Falls to Navy in Dual Meet
BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams swept all four relay events, but it was not enough as Navy swept the Retrievers in a dual meet, Friday afternoon at the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The Midshipmen won the men's meet, 154.5-145.5, while the Navy women downed the Retrievers, 163-137.
The men were looking to defeat the Mids for the second straight year after last season's 156-144 victory and they received two wins apiece from seniors Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island) and Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College). Just before the first intermission Carey claimed the 50 free (21.57) and then doubled his winnings straight out of the gate with a victory in the 100 free (47.20). Hussein, meanwhile, claimed the 100 back (50.57) title before taking top honors in the 200 IM (1:54.10). Both Carey and Hussein were apart of each of the Retrievers' relay wins.
The UMBC men also got wins from senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) in the 3-meter diving competition (278.55), classmate Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) in the 200 back (1:53.81), and sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) in the 200 free (1:41.65). Kaei also joined Carey and Hussein on the victorious relay squads.
For the women, senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) and freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) led the charge against the Mids. After not competing in UMBC's opening dual meet at Rider last weekend, Tadena claimed both the 50 (24.40) and 100 free (52.05) events against Navy. Escobedo earned two wins for the second week in a row, pacing the field in the 200-yd. breaststroke (2:22.19) and 200 IM (2:11.80) on Friday.
Sophomores Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West) also contributed event wins for the Retrievers with Darelius winning the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 232.75 and Langford touching in at 1:56.22 in the 200 free.
The UMBC swimming and diving program returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 26 with a dual meet against George Washington. The meet between the Retrievers and Colonials is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.