Team Effort Leads Swimming and Diving to Sweep of George Washington

Senior Pierre De Waal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – UMBC swimmers won 24 out of 32 events, led by a meet-best three individual wins each by seniors Pierre De Waal( Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State),Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College), and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) as the Retrievers swept George Washington, Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.  The men downed the Colonials 148-99 and the women won 138-119.

Overall, twelve different swimmers won at least one event for the Retrievers who improve to 3-0 on the men's side for the season and 2-2 for the women's team.

Seniors led the way for both squads as De Waal and Hussein combined to win six events.  De Waal, the America East Swimmer of the Week after week one, took top honors in the 200 free (1:43.11), 200 fly (1:53.24) and 500 free (4:48.08) against GW while his classmate Hussein, the conference weekly winner last week, won the 50 free (21.15), 100 free (46.26) and 200 IM (1:53.47).

Sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) also picked up multiple event wins, claiming the 100 back (52.54) and 100 fly (51.75).  Meanwhile, freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) won for the third straight meet, winning the 200 breast (2:10.74).

Senior Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and juniors Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) and Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) also won events for the Retrievers.

On the women's side, Kotonias led by example for UMBC, besting the field in the 200 fly (2:06.90), 100 fly (59.37), and 200 IM (2:09.07).  Junior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) also won multiple events, winning the 100 breast (1:07.42) and 100 free (52.73) against the Colonials.

Junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) won the 50 free (24.92) for the second time this year, while junior Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) picked up her second win in the 100 back (59.01) on the young season.  In addition, freshman Catherine Frediani (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) won her first career event, the 200 back (2:08.12).

UMBC now has two weeks off from competition before hosting Howard on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.  The meet between the Retrievers and Bison is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. and will be shown live on