BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving team opens the second half of its schedule this Saturday when the Retrievers host Old Dominion at the UMBC Aquatic Complex, beginning at 1 p.m. All of the action can be seen live on UMBCRetrievers.tv with multiple camera angles and live commentary provided. Also, follow UMBC Athletics on twitter (@UMBCAthletics) for live updates during the meet.
The UMBC men's team enters January with a perfect 4-0 record, including a win over local rival Navy. An all-around team effort has sparked the Retrievers this season as the men have won both relay events in each of their four dual meets. Overall, 14 different athletes have won at least one dual meet event for the Black and Gold.
Junior standout Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) paced the Retrievers during the first half of the season claiming a team-best 11 dual meet wins. During UMBC's victory over Howard on Nov. 10, Hussein broke the UMBC pool record in the 200-yd. IM with a time of 1:51.92. In addition to his dual meet success, Hussein earned four medals (one gold, one silver, and two bronze) at the Patriot Invitational at George Mason.
Just behind Hussein, senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) continues to dominate the 200 fly and mid-distance free, claiming seven wins this season. Sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), junior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) have also captured at least three wins for UMBC.
On the diving boards, 2012 America East Most Outstanding Diver Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) continues to lead the Retrievers. The senior has won five competitions this season and has qualified for the NCAA Zones meet in March. Eckhoff will be joined at the meet by sophomore Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) who posted a career-best 1-meter score of 318.075 against West Virginia while competing in Coral Springs Fla. over winter break.
The women have also utilized an all-around effort en route to posting a 3-2 mark during the first half of the year. 12 Retrievers have earned at least one win for UMBC this season with eight of them earning multiple victories.
Senior captain Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) heads the women's success with five individual wins while also aiding the 200 medley relay team to three victories. Junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) has been nearly as successful earning four personal wins and helping the Retrievers win five relays.
Divers Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) and Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) have provided support as well, each sweeping the two events during a dual meet this season. In addition, Bean and Darelius each qualified for the NCAA Zones while in Florida.
Scouting the Monarchs
The Old Dominion men's team is 3-1 so far this season while the women's squad holds a 5-2 mark. The Monarchs last competed on Dec. 1, 2012 when they swept George Washington, but the women lost to Rutgers.
Kimberley Rashleigh leads the women's team while Sidni Hoxha paces the men. At the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., Rashleigh broke the ODU school record in the 200 free with a time of 1:49.62. Meanwhile, Hoxha claimed the CAA record in the 100 free with a time of 43.43.