Eckhoff Sweeps Diving Events With 3-Meter Win; Men and Women Both in 2nd After America East Championships Day Three

Pierre De Waal won the 200 free
Pierre De Waal won the 200 free

BOSTON, MASS. – Both the UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams sit in second place heading into the final day at the America East Championships following multiple wins on Saturday evening.

Boston U. leads the men's standings with 628 points, followed closely by the Retrievers with 612 points.  Binghamton (411), Stony Brook (264) and Maine (199) round out the rankings.

The Terrier women are also in the lead after three days of competition with 476 points, with the UMBC women just behind with 472 points.  New Hampshire (425.5), Vermont (264) and Stony Brook (215) sit third through fifth, while Maine (207.5) and Binghamton (191) place sixth and seventh.

Junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) took top honors in the 3-meter competition with 323.75 points.  With the win, Eckhoff swept the two diving events at the conference meet after winning the 1-meter event back on Thursday.

Pak Lam Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School), Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Enrique Labourdeth (Rochester, Mich./Stoney Creek) also claimed points in the finals by placing fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) successfully defended her title in the 200 free to go with yesterday's win in the 50 free.

Sophomore Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) also impressed for UMBC, claiming the 100 back title in a school record time of 56.00.  Junior Elise Blaschke (Washington Township, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) and Kathryn Moorby (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional) placed fifth and eighth in the event.

Mid-year transfer Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) claimed yet another gold medal at his first championships, winning the 100 back in a conference and pool record time of 48.92.  Freshman Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) claimed a bronze for the Retrievers, touching in a time of 49.90.

Sophomore Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) and senior Ben Wolbert (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) finished fourth and seventh in 50.39 and 52.41, respectively.

After winning a gold in the 500 free yesterday, junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) won the 200 free on Saturday with a time of 1:38.54.  Kaei and Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) placed sixth and eighth for UMBC in the event final.

In the 100 fly, junior Sandy Haibel (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) picked up a silver for the Retrievers finishing in 49.23.  His prelims' time (49.23) set a new personal-best and places him fourth on UMBC's all-time list.

In the night's relay, the 400 medley, UMBC's Pavelkova, Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans), Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) and McKenney brought home gold for the Retrievers.

The UMBC combination of Hussein, Reijo Hyvenen (), Haibel and Steve Gallager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) also claimed a silver in the last event of the night.

The final day of the 2012 America East Championships begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. with event prelims.