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Swimming and Diving Falls at Rival Maryland
Jennifer Kotonias won the 200-yard fly
College Park, Md. – Junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) picked up three individual wins, but the UMBC swimming and diving teams were swept by in-state rival Maryland Saturday afternoon at the Eppley Recreation Center. The UMBC men fell 202-98 while the UMBC women lost to the No. 13 ranked Terps 233-67.
After dropping both the men’s and women’s relays for the first time this season, De Waal got the Retrievers in the win column claiming victory in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:30.56). Later on the junior picked up victories in the 200 fly (1:50.14) and the 500 free (4:37.30), with all three times setting new season-lows.
Sophomore Johan Rohtla (Tallin, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) also picked up a win for the Retrievers, claiming first in the 200 back (1:50.12) for the third time in just four meets this season.
On the women’s side, UMBC had a tough task at hand going against the nationally ranked Terps. Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) picked up the only win for the Retrievers taking top honors in the 200 fly (2:03.60). Kotonias has now won six individual events this year, including going three for three when swimming the 200 fly.
The Retrievers continue their schedule on Thursday when both the men and women head to Fairfax, Va. to compete in the three day Patriot Invitational. Last year both UMBC squads picked up team wins at the event.