Multiple Retrievers on the Medal Stand on Second Day of Patriot Invitational


Sophomore Ryan Green

Fairfax, Va. – Seven different Retrievers earned individual medals as the UMBC swimming and diving teams competed on second day of the Patriot Invitational, Friday at George Mason.  After two days of the three-day competition, the men's team sits in third place with 526 points, 64 points behind leader UNC-Wilmington, while the women are fifth overall with 308 points.

Senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) led the way for the Retrievers, earning a sweep of the diving events at the invitational by winning the 3-meter competition.  A day after claiming victory in the 1-meter event, Eckhoff scored a 297.20 in the event finals for the win. Sophomore Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) joined Eckhoff on the stand by winning the silver medal by accumulating 270.25 points in the finals.  Junior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscorora) and sophomore Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) also scored for the Retrievers, placing fourth and sixth, respectively.

In the women's 1-meter competition, sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsburg, Va./Atlee) reached the event finals for the second straight day, and placed sixth overall.

In the pool, senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory) earned two more individual medals Saturday, a day after winning gold in the 200 IM.  The versatile seniorr opened his individual set by finishing third in the 100-yd. butterfly (50.04) and then moved up one step on the podium with a second place finish in the 100 backstroke (49.96).  Hussein capped his day by leading off for the 800 free relay team which earned a silver medal.

Senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State), the anchor for the 800 free relay, won an individual silver medal with his swim in the 200-yd. free (1:40.42). 

In the 100 breast, freshman Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) and senior Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) earned a two-three finish to pick up valuable points for the Retrievers.

For the women, senior Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) won the team's only individual medal, a silver, in the 400 IM (4:26.40).  In the final event for the women, Kotonias combined with junior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) as well as seniors Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) and Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) to place second in the 800 free relay.

UMBC wraps up the three-day Patriot Invitational tomorrow with the final two sessions at George Mason.  The event preliminaries for the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 1,650 free will begin at 10:00 a.m., with the event finals, in addition to the 400 free relay, starting at 6:00 p.m.