Two Pairs of Divers Head to Virginia Tech for NCAA Zone “A” Diving Meet

BALTIMORE – Senior captain Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and sophomore Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) of the UMBC men's swimming and diving team, as well as sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) and freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) of the women's squad will head to Christiansburg, Va. for the 2013 NCAA Zone "A" Diving meet.  The meet, which will be hosted by Virginia Tech, will run from Mar. 15-17. at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

This is the first time in program history that the Retrievers will send more than two athletes to the regional meet.  Previously, UMBC had two divers compete in the same year when Jeff Salgado and Ashley Houghton went to the 2006 meet in Annapolis, Md.

For Eckhoff, this is his second-straight trip to the NCAA Zones, having competed last year in Buffalo, N.Y. where he finished in the top-30 in both competitions. This season, Eckhoff won nine events during the dual-meet season and was named the America East Male Diver of the week seven times.  He qualified for the NCAA Zones meet by posting a 1-meter score of 318.60 during a meet with Howard on Nov. 10 and later upped his season-best to 338.25 competing against West Virginia on Jan. 2 in Coral Gables, Fla.  The school record holder in the 3-meter event, Eckhoff nearly equaled his career-best of 361.20, by scoring 348.45 at local rival Loyola.

Senior Andrew Eckhoff

Eckhoff carried his regular season success into the post-season where he swept the two diving competitions at both the America East Championships for the second-consecutive year and then followed it by winning both at the ECAC Championships.  For his efforts, he was named the Most Outstanding Male Diver at each meet.  At the America East meet in Orono, Maine, Eckhoff set a meet record with a score of 346.85 in the 3-meter event finals.

Each of the other three athletes will be making their first trip to the Zones meet; all qualifying with scores against WVU in Florida. 

Green reached the 300-point plateau for the first time in his career with a score of 318.075 in the 1-meter event versus the Mountaineers on Jan. 2.  This mark gained him entry to the Zones meet and topped his previous best of 270.90 which he set on Nov. 10.  Green set a career-best in the 3-meter competition by scoring 278.92 and finishing fourth against East Carolina in the Retrievers' final meet of the dual meet season.

For the women, Bean (268.35) and Darelius (265.885) each set career-bests with their scores against West Virginia.  In addition, each athlete won four events during the dual meet season while Bean was named the conference Diver of the Week three times and Darelius twice.

Sophomore Ryan Green

Following her success during the regular season, Bean won a gold medal in the 1-meter event and a silver medal in the 3-meter event at the America East meet and was name the conference's Most Outstanding Female Diver. Darelius, meanwhile, finished just behind her teammate in the 1-meter event, claiming a silver medal.  Two weeks later at the ECAC Championships, Bean finished second in both events at Harvard.