Records Continue to Fall as Men Hold Lead, Women in Second After Day Two of America East Championships

Junior Mohamed Hussein

500 Free Medal Winners

200 IM Medal Winners

ORONO, Maine – UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) broke his own school and conference records by almost two seconds in the 200-yd. IM as the UMBC swimming and diving teams competed on the second day of the America East Championships at the Stanley M. Wallace Pool. 

The men continue to lead the standings with 369.6 points while the women sit in second behind New Hampshire (331 pts.) with 298.5 points.

After earning the top spot and matching his record in the event during the morning prelims with a time of 1:47.64, Hussein did himself one better in the evening finals by besting the field by almost five seconds.  The junior was not alone in the event as classmate Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) took fourth place and freshmen Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich) and senior Mike McGee (Chalfont, Pa./LaSalle College HS) finished sixth and seventh.

The Retrievers, however, were back in the win column before the swimmers even arrived back on campus. During the early afternoon, sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) won her first conference championships by claiming the 1-meter diving competition.  Sitting in second after the prelims, Bean posted a score of 267.45 in the finals for the gold medal. Sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye), meanwhile, moved from fourth to second for the silver, and seniorVictoria Monetta (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) finished in seventh.

The winning continued for UMBC in the first swimming event as senior Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) won the 500 free for the second time in three years.  After winning the event in 2011, Fay missed last year's championships due to an arm injury, but came back strong as a senior to earn the gold medal with a pool record time of 4:51.89, besting Daniele Surkovich's mark.

Classmate Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) then made it an event sweep for the Black and Gold by winning the men's 500 competition for the third straight year. After breaking the pool record in the morning prelims with a time of 4:29.58, De Waal shattered the mark again, coming into the wall in 4:26.71.  Senior Alex Moothart (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) and sophomore Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St John's Prep) earned the silver and bronze medal, respectively, while junior Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) earned a fifth-place finish.

In the women's 200-yd. IM, seniors Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) and Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) each set season-best times while placing third and fifth.

In the final individual event of the night, the 50-yd free, the Retrievers once again brought home top medals.  In the women's event, junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), swimming in lane 6, out-sprinted her competitors to win the event and set a new pool record (23.51), besting Lindsey Engler's record of 23.59.

For the men, senior Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) earned his second straight silver medal in the event with a season-best time of 20.88.  Junior Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) and senior Harol Marjak (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) finished just behind their teammate in fourth and fifth.

The fireworks were not over, however, as both the men and women's 200 free relay took the top spot and set pool records.  The women went first with Ronning, freshman Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West), junior Kali Dean (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing), and senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) rallying for the win with a time of 1:34.96.  The men's race had a similar feel as Gallagher, Carey, sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and Hussein, regrouped and overcame Binghamton for the victory with Hussein touching the wall at the 1:22.09 mark.

The championship meet picks right back up on Saturday morning with the prelims of the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, and 100 backstroke, in addition to the men's 3-meter diving competition.  The night will once again feature the finals of each of the events, as well as the 400 medley relay races.