Swimming and Diving Looks to Knock off Navy on Friday

Junior Johan Rohtla
Junior Johan Rohtla

BALTIMORE – Coming off of a sweep of Rider on Parents Weekend last Saturday, the UMBC swimming and diving teams return to the water on Friday when they host Navy at the UMBC Aquatic Complex at 4 p.m.  The meet will be streamed live on UMBCRetrievers.tv with multiple camera angles, replays, and live commentary.

For the men, seniors Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) and Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) swept the America East weekly awards after convincing performances against the Broncs.  De Waal won three individual events while also helping the 400-yd. freestyle relay to a win. Eckhoff, the school record holder in the 3-meter diving competition, won the high dive event against Rider with a score of 314.00.

Classmate Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) also had an impressive season-opening meet, claiming victory in the 100 breaststroke, 200 back, and 200 IM.  Sophomore Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) joined De Waal and Hussein as a multiple-event winner, claiming victory in the 50 and 100 free events.  In addition, senior Sandy Haibel (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) picked up his first win of the season in the 100 fly.

Meanwhile, sophomore Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) and freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) won their first career dual meet events, capturing the 1,000 free and 200 breast, respectively.

On the women's side, junior Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) led the team with two wins against Rider and James Madison.  Pavelkova, the UMBC record holder in the 100-yd. backstroke, swept the back events against the Broncs and Dukes, while senior Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) and junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) also won events.