Reitz, Kotonias Break School Records at America East Swimming and Diving Championships Day Two Prelims

Senior Brad Reitz
Senior Brad Reitz

BOYDS, Md.—Senior Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and sophomore Jennifer Kotonias(Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) each broke the school record in the men's and women's 200-yard individual medley, respectively, as the UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams concluded action in Day Two Prelims at the 2011 America East Championships at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center.


Reitz broke his own America East Championship record in an NCAA consideration time of 1:48.35, while Kotonias' time of 2:03.40 broke the previous mark set in 2007.


Reitz will be joined in the men's 200 IM championship final by senior Dan Weston-Dawkes(Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) and junior John Mendenhall (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East), while sophomore Rico Bado (Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown) will compete in the consolation final.


Joining Kotonias in the women's 200 IM championship final will be sophomore Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas). Junior Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) will compete in the consolation final.


In the first event of the day, sophomore Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) and senior Rebecca Godwin (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) will be seeded second and third in the women's 500-yard freestyle. Fay's time of 4:55.02 is the fifth-fastest time in school history. Sophomore Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) and juniorAshley Sippel (Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton) will swim in the consolation final.


In the men's 500 free, sophomore transfer Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) is seeded first in the championship final tonight after posting a time of 4:30.00, the fifth-fastest time in UMBC history. He will be joined in the final by freshmanJohan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) and junior Mark Garbowski(Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), while sophomore Alex Moothart (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) will be in action in the consolation final.


In the final prelims of the day, junior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) is ranked second in the women's 50 free after posting a time of 23.47, one-hundredth of a second off her own school record. Freshman Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) is fifth, while junior Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) is sixth. Senior Danielle Cruz (Catonsville, Md./Western Tech) will compete in the consolation final.


In the men's 50 free, sophomore Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) posted the fastest UMBC time since 2004, ranking second in 20.55. Senior Eric Jones (Gambrills, Md./Arundel) will also be in the championship final, while junior Nour Saad (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) will swim in the consolation final.


Tonight's action will include the finals of the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, the women's 3-meter diving and 200 free relay.