Retrievers Return Home to Host Howard on Saturday at UMBC Aquatic Complex

Junior Reed Neuendorf
Junior Reed Neuendorf

BALTIMORE – Two weeks removed from their first road trip of the season, the UMBC swimming and diving teams host their final home dual meet of the 2012 calendar year on Saturday when they welcome Howard to the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The meet is scheduled for 12 p.m. and will be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv, with live updates provided on twitter by following @UMBCAthletics.

In the meet in Washington, D.C. against George Washington, the Retrievers swept the relays and received three individual wins apiece from seniors Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State), Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College), and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) to sweep the Colonials.  The men's team has swept the relays in all three meets this season while the women have won both events in each of the past two competitions.

On the season, Hussein leads the Retrievers with nine individual wins, claiming three victories in each of the team's three meets.  His nine wins have come in seven different events, winning only the 200-yd. IM on multiple occasions.  Following the GW meet, the senior was named the America East Male Swimmer of the Week for the second straight week to give UMBC a total of six weekly accolades so far this season.

De Waal, who has six events this season, earned the conference honor during the first week of competition while senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) has been named Male Diver of the Week twice.

Junior Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island), sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) have also won multiple events for the men's squad (3-0).

The women's team (2-2) has been balanced throughout the early season with seven athletes winning at least one event this season.  Kotonias has racked up a team-best four victories with juniors Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) and Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) just behind with three wins.  Senior Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) and junior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) have each recorded two wins this season and freshman Catherine Frediani (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) won her first career event, the 200 back, at GW. 

On the diving boards, freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) won both events against Navy on Oct. 19 and was later named the conference Female Diver of the Week.

Scouting the Bison

Howard was swept two weeks ago by Washington, D.C. rival American, but managed to win a season-high nine victories.  Three athletes won two individual events each for the Bison, who previously fell to Mary Washington in the season opener.

Against America, Ashley Douglas set a career-best in the 200 free, winning the event with a time of 2:04.21. She also set a career-best in the 100 fly and a season-best in the 50 free.

On the men's side, Zadok Isaacs and Miles Hector each won two events for the Bison.  Isaacs won both the 100 and 200 free events while Hector claimed the 500 and 1,000-yd. freestyles.

Last Meeting

Last year, UMBC took both team victories from Howard in D.C. behind three victories from Hussein who was competing in his first-ever meet for the Retrievers.  Then-freshman Mariana Alvarado Gordoa (Colonia Viveros, Mexico/Universidad Valle de Mexico) won her first career dual meet event during the competition, the 200 free.