Three Pool Records Fall as UMBC Sweeps Howard on Senior Day
BALTIMORE – Three pool records fell and 21 different Retriever athletes earned at least one dual meet win as the UMBC swimming and diving teams swept Howard, Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.
The UMBC men's team picked up a 110-95 win over the Bison to improve to 4-1 in dual meets this season while the women were victorious, 101-86, to move their record to 3-2.
Senior Mohamed Hussein had another big day, breaking his own pool record in the 200 IM (1:51.07) and aiding the 200 medley (1:32.44) and 200 free (1:23.70) relays to set new marks. Hussein led off for the medley relay, handing it over to sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Calvius-Gymnasium). Then, fresh off of his 200 IM record, Hussein swam the anchor leg to cap the record for Sporlein, Kaei, and senior Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island) in the 200 free race.
Each of the members of 200 free relay also won an individual event with Carey taking the 50 free (21.55), Kaei winning the 200 free (1:42.42), and Sporlein capturing the 100 butterfly (52.09).
Swimming in their final career home dual meet, seniors Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) and Kevin Stang (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) won the 1,000 free (9:51.45) and 500 free (4:52.22) races, respectively.
Senior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) also earned a win in his final meet at UMBC, claiming the top spot in the 200 back with a season-best time of 1:50.40.
On the diving boards, reigning CCSA Diver of the Week junior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) swept the two competitions, scoring 286.27 in the one-meter event and setting a personal-best of 317.25 on the three-meter board.
For the women, the Retrievers swept the relays with senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) anchoring both victories. Tadena also won the 100 breast (1:06.83) and 200 IM (2:13.20) to move her season total up to nine dual meet wins.
Classmate Patty Hallberg (Severna Park, Md./Broadneck) also claimed a win, touching the wall first in the 200 back with a top season time of 2:11.83.
Swimming for the first time with the Retrievers, sophomore Stephanie Romano (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Towson) won both distance freestyle events. Romano touched in at 10:33.90 in the 1,000 free and then earned the 500 free title with a time of 5:12.14.
Sophomore diver Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) placed first in both competitions for the Retrievers. Darelius took the three-meter event for the third time this season with a season-best score of 272.47 after winning the one-meter competition (237.67) earlier.
UMBC now has a week off from competition before finishing its dual meet season with a trip south the take on East Carolina on Jan. 25 in Greenville, N.C.