CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following an impressive sweep of Old Dominion this past weekend at the UMBC Aquatic Complex, the Retrievers swept the weekly America East swimming and diving awards, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) and senior Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) swept the swimming awards, while senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) claimed the diving honors.
Hussein picks up his fourth weekly award of the season after pacing the Retrievers with three individual wins against the Monarchs. In addition, the junior anchored the 400 free relay to a win in the final event of the day. Hussein opened his day with a win in the 200 free (1:40.83), before earning victories in the 100 fly (50.91) and 200 IM (1:53.64). His three wins push his dual meet total to a UMBC-best 14 wins this season while he also owns the top time in the conference in the 200 IM.
The award is Barron's first conference weekly honor, but comes after an impressive meet against the Lady Monarchs. On Saturday, Barron earned a total of four victories, sweeping the breaststroke events while also helping the Retrievers earn both relay wins. The senior won the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.63 before leading the pack in the 200 breast with a time of 2:25.04.
Senior Andrew Eckhoff
On the boards, Eckhoff and Darelius gave UMBC a clean sweep of the four diving events in Saturday's meet. Eckhoff earned a season-best and NCAA Zone qualifying score of 337.95 on the 3-meter board after claiming the 1-meter win with a total of 329.23 points. The conference award is Eckhoff's fifth of the season, a team-high, and 11th over the last two seasons. The senior currently owns the top diving score in the America East in both events.
Darelius, meanwhile, earns her second career America East accolade after winning both diving competitions for the second time this season. Against Old Dominion on Saturday, Darelius turned in a career-best performance in the 3-meter, garnering the win with a score of 270.22, the top score in the conference this season. She picked up the win in the 1-meter competition with a score of 253.35.
As a whole, the UMBC swimming and diving teams have won a total of 16 weekly conference awards this season with the men earning 11 and the women claiming five. In addition to Eckhoff's five awards and Hussein's four, senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) has been selected as the Swimmer of the Week three times. For the women, sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) has been named Female Diver of the Week twice.
The Retrievers return to competition this weekend when they travel across town to take on Loyola on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Mangione Pool.
Junior Mohamed Hussein
March 28, 2013 Hussein Finishes 17th in 200 IM with New School Record Time
February 20, 2013 Hussein Named Division I National Swimmer of the Week
January 19, 2013 Team Effort Leads Swimming and Diving to Sweep of Local Rival Loyola
January 18, 2013 Retrievers Head Across Town on Saturday to Face Greyhounds
January 15, 2013 Retrievers Sweep Weekly Conference Swimming and Diving Awards
January 12, 2013 Swimming and Diving Cruises to Sweep of Old Dominion
January 11, 2013 Swimming and Diving Hosts Old Dominion on Saturday to Begin 2013
November 17, 2012 Men Finish in Third, Women in Fifth at Patriot Invitational
October 30, 2012 Hussein Repeats as America East Male Swimmer of the Week
October 27, 2012 Team Effort Leads Swimming and Diving to Sweep of George Washington
October 19, 2012 Men’s Swimming and Diving Defeats Navy; Women Fall to Mids
October 18, 2012 Swimming and Diving Looks to Knock off Navy on Friday
October 13, 2012 Swimming and Diving Sweeps Rider; Women Fall to James Madison
September 29, 2012 Swimming and Diving Claims 25 Events in Exhibition with Bucknell
September 6, 2012 Swimming and Diving Announces Captains for 2012-13 Season