CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC seniors Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) and Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) were named the America East Male Swimmer of the Week and Male Diver of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon. This is the first week that the conference office has given out weekly awards this season.
For De Waal, this is his fifth time receiving the conference honor after winning it twice last season as a junior and twice as a sophomore in 2010-11. Meanwhile, the award is Eckhoff's tenth weekly honor of his career after picking up six awards as a junior and three as a sophomore.
In the Retrievers' first dual meet of the season against Rider, De Waal won three individual events while also helping the 400 free relay team claim victory. The versatile senior began his day with a nearly two-second win in the 200-yd. freestyle (1:43.26) and then followed it by besting the field by almost seven seconds in the 200-yd. butterfly (1:51.53). In his final individual event of the day, the 500-yd. free, De Waal edged out teammate Rob Breen in a time of 4:43.46.
Senior Pierre De Waal
Eckhoff, the 2012 America East Most Outstanding Diver, won the 3-meter competition against the Broncs on Saturday with a score of 314.85. The senior captain also picked up a second place finish in the 1-meter event with a score of 283.00.
These two awards are the first for the UMBC squad this season after claiming a total of 17 honors during the 2011-12 season. Eckhoff led the way with six awards while Abbey McKenney (3), De Waal (2), Mohamed Hussein (2), Johan Rohtla, Lauri Kaei, Reed Neuendorf, and Katie Bean were also tabbed by the conference for weekly honors.
The Retrievers return to action this Friday, Oct. 19 when they host local rival Navy at the UMBC Aquatic Complex at 4 p.m.
Senior Andrew Eckhoff
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