January 14, 2014

Frediani and Darelius Sweep America East Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC sophomores Catherine Frediani (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) have swept the America East Swimming and Diving weekly awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday morning.  Frediani was named the Swimmer of the Week after her two wins against Howard while Darelius claims the diving award following a sweep of the diving events last Saturday.

Frediani earns her first career America East weekly honor after collecting her first two individual dual meet event victories over the weekend as UMBC defeated Howard.  After helping the 200 medley relay claim victory in the first event of the day, the sophomore opened her account with a win in the 200 free with a season-best time of 1:55.74.  She then doubled her winnings by taking the 100 free race, touching in at 54.05.  Frediani capped her day by swimming the second leg for the victorious 200 free relay.

Darelius nabs her second weekly accolade of the season and fourth of her career following a sweep of the one-meter and three-meter diving competitions this past weekend.  In addition, she qualified for the NCAA Zones meet by scoring a career-high 271.95 back on Jan. 4 in a competition with George Mason, Penn State, and West Virginia in Coral Springs, Fla.  This past weekend during the Retrievers' victory over Howard, the sophomore scored a career-best 272.47 in the three-meter event and won the one-meter event with a score of 237.67.

Eight different Retrievers have now claimed a weekly award for a total of 11 honors between the men's team in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) and the women in the America East. 

The UMBC swimming and diving teams have this weekend off from competition before traveling to East Carolina for a 1:00 p.m. meet in Greenville, N.C. to conclude the dual meet season.