BALTIMORE – Two weeks removed from their season-opening exhibition with Bucknell, the UMBC swimming and diving teams are back in the water this Saturday to celebrate Parent's Weekend during Homecoming festivities on campus. The Retrievers will host Rider, as well as the James Madison women's squad, at the UMBC Aquatic Center, with the meet beginning at 1 p.m.
After the conclusion of the meet, the teams will host a kickoff dinner at "The Hotel" at Arundel Preserve. The three-course dinner buffet welcomes all alumni, parents, and friends of the program and will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Against the Bison, UMBC came out strong to start the season, claiming victory in 25 events. Senior captain Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led by example for the women, winning the 100-yd. and 400-yd. IM, in addition to the 100-yd. fly. The veteran also combined with junior Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni), co-captain and classmate Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans), and junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) to win the 200 medley relay.
Ronning also got off to a fast start, anchoring the victorious 200 free relay and adding wins in the 50 and 200 free events to her haul. Barron, as well as senior Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas), also won multiple events for the Retrievers against Bucknell.
On the men's side, sophomore Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) impressed in the season-opener, winning the 200, 500, and 1,000 freestyle events. Junior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) equaled and surpassed his teammate's feat by taking top honors in the 50, 100, and 200, while also aiding the 200 medley team to a win. Rohtla's relay teammate senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) also had a successful opening meet, anchoring the 200 free relay to victory, as well as winning the 100 and 200 fly events.