Swimming and Diving Heads to George Washington for First Road Dual Meet of the Season

Junior Johan Rohtla
Junior Johan Rohtla

BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams hit the road for the first time this season to take on George Washington on Saturday.  The Retrievers and Colonials are set to begin their meet at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool at 1 p.m.

The meet is the first for the Retrievers since the men's team knocked off Navy last Friday for the first time since 2004.  Senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) won three individual events, including the final one of the day, the 200 IM, and anchored the 400 free relay team to the clinching win for the Retrievers. 

While no one else won multiple events for the Black and Gold, junior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) and freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) each won an event against Navy.

The women also have plenty of fire power led by seniors Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross), each of whom won events against the Mids.  Junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) has been strong for the Retrievers in the sprint free events, claiming the 50 free and 100 free once each this season.

Unfortunately for the Retrievers, this weekend's meet will be a swimming only competition, excluding some of their most successful athletes so far this season.  On Tuesday, senior diver Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) earned his second America East Diver of the Week award in as many weeks after claiming the 3-meter event and finishing second behind teammate Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) in the 1-meter competition.  Freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) helped UMBC sweep the diving events last week and was rewarded with her first conference honor.

Scouting the Colonials

This weekend's meet will be the first of the dual season for George Washington after competing against local rivals American and Catholic last weekend in Washington, D.C. 

The Colonials' women's squad swept the tri-meet behind freshman Hannah Schaefer who picked up her first career wins in the 100 and 200-yd. backstroke events while also finishing second in the 200 IM.  For her efforts, Schaefer was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week.  Sophomore Janica Lee and junior Caroline Myers won a meet-best three events for GW.

On the men's side, the Colonials placed second at the tri-meet, just behind meet host American.  No George Washington swimmer won more than a single event, but GW did claim the top three spots in the 200-yd. free, led by freshman Jordan Sharples.

Sophomore Sean Rhinehart and freshman Oliver Keegan also won events for the Colonials.

Last Time vs. George Washington

UMBC claimed 24 of the 28 events as the women downed GW 137-103 and the men won by a score of 138-112.

Rohtla led the men with three wins on the day with countryman Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Seconday Science) and then junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) also winning multiple events.

The women were led by Kotonias, Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) and Elise Blaschke (Sewell, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep), who each won two individual events.