Swimming and Diving Wins 21 Events in Season-Opening Meet at Bucknell

Andrew Eckhoff swept the diving events against Bucknell.
Andrew Eckhoff swept the diving events against Bucknell.


LEWISBURG, Pa.—The UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their 2011-12 season with a non-scored meet at Bucknell on Saturday, winning 21 of 44 events.

Junior Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) swept the three women's individual medley events, while sophomore Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) won all three women's breaststroke events.

In addition, senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) and sophomore Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) won both backstroke events for their respective teams, while junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) swept the men's diving events.

Other individual winners included junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) in the men's 200 fly, freshman Lauri Kaei (Harjurmaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) in the men's 200 free, sophomore Charlie Melesh (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis/Pfeiffer) in the men's 1,000 free, senior Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional) in the women's 50 fly, junior Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) in the women's 200 fly and senior Ashley Sippel (Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton) in the women's 200 free.

The Retriever women also won both relays, as Moorby, Tadena, senior Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) and sophomore Kali Dean (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing) took the 200 medley relay and McKenney, sophomore Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), senior Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Sippel won the 400 free relay. In addition, Kaei, sophomore Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island), Rohtla and De Waal won the men's 400 free relay.

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 15, when they visit Rider at 1 p.m.