Pierre De Waal swept the butterfly events
BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams combined to win 25 events in their season-opening exhibition with Bucknell, Saturday afternoon at the newly-refurbished UMBC Aquatic Complex.
Senior captain Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) led the way for the women's team with individual victories in the 100-yd. and 400-yd. IM, as well as the 100 fly. She also helped the 200 medley relay team to a win as the Retrievers swept the relays by also claiming the 200 free relay.
Kotonias' co-captain Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) also had a strong meet for UMBC, winning the 50 and 200-yd breaststoke events, and helping the victorious 200 medley team. Classmate Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) also won multiple events, earning first place in the 50 and 200 fly.
Senior Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) returned from an arm injury to win the 200 free while junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) earned four total wins, capturing the 50 and 100 free events, in addition to anchoring both relays. Junior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) also picked up a win, taking the 100-yd. breaststroke.
On the men's side, sophomore Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) and junior Johan Rohtla(Tallinn, Estonia/Tallin Secondary Science) each picked up three individual wins. Breen captured the 200, 500, and 1,000-yd. free events while Rohtla swept the backstroke events while also leading off for the 200 medley team which won.
Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) started off his senior year well, sweeping butterfly events while classmates Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) andMohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) won the 50 breaststroke and 100 IM, respectively.
The Retrievers return to the pool in two weeks when the squads host Rider, as well as the James Madison women's team on Oct. 13 for Parents' Weekend.