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Swimming and Diving Cruises to Sweep of Old Dominion
Senior Claire Barron
BALTIMORE – Six different Retrievers won multiple events and the women’s squad swept the relay competitions as the UMBC swimming and diving teams downed Old Dominion, Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The Retriever men defeated the Monarchs 160.5-133.5 to improve their undefeated record to 5-0, while the women rolled to a 162-127 victory to move their record to 4-2.
Another team effort propelled the women to the victory, starting and ending with victories in the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Senior Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) and junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) aided both teams to wins and also earned two individual victories apiece. Barron swept the breast events while Ronning took top honors in the 50 and 100 free.
Freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) joined the upperclassmen as a multiple-event winner, winning both of the diving competitions. Darelius shattered her previous best in the 3-meter competition with a score of 270.22 while winning the 1-meter event with a score of 253.35.
Seniors Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross), as well as junior Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) also won an event against the Monarchs. Fay won the 200 free (1:55.40) while Kotonias won the 200 IM (2:08.10) and Pavelkova earned the win in the 100 back (58.37).
UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) once again led the way in the win column for the Retrievers, claiming three individual event wins to bring his total up to 14 for the year. Hussein opened his day by winning the 200 free (1:40.83) and then followed with victories in the 100 fly (50.91) and 200 IM (1:53.64). In addition, Hussein teamed with junior Johan Rohtla (Tallin, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), senior Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) to win the 400 free relay. Rohtla and Kaei also swept the backstroke events with Rohtla winning the 200 back (1:55.23) and Kaei claiming the 100 back (52.72).
Seniors Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) and Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) also picked up multiple victories for the hosts. De Waal claimed the 200 fly (1:51.30) and 500 free (4:43.25) while Eckhoff swept the diving events with a score of 329.25 in the 1-meter and season-best score of 337.95 in the 3-meter.
The UMBC men also swept the breaststroke events with freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) taking the 100-yd. event (58.96) and mid-year transfer Daniel Cano (Madrid, Spain/IES Ortega y Gasset) winning the 200-yd. event (2:07.48) in his first career meet.
Junior Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) also earned a win for the Retrievers, his fourth of the season, taking the 50 free with a time of 21.91.
UMBC now has a week off from competition before heading across town to take on Loyola on Saturday, Jan. 19. The meet between the Retrievers and Greyhounds is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Mangione Pool.