Swimming and Diving Hosts Navy to Open 2013-14 Home Slate

Swimming and Diving Hosts Navy to Open 2013-14 Home Slate

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BALTIMORE – After opening the dual meet season with a sweep of Rider in New Jersey last weekend, the UMBC swimming and diving teams open up the home portion of their schedules by hosting Navy on Friday at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.  The Retrievers and Midshipmen are scheduled to start the meet 4:00 p.m.

Friday's meet will be Navy's first dual meet competition of the season.

Last season, the Retriever men picked up their first win versus Navy since 2004 after the 400 free relay of Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island), Steve Gallagher, and Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory) clinched the victory in the last event of the day.

At Rider, Hussein led the men to their fifth straight win (158-133) over the Broncs by sweeping all three of his individual events and leading off for the victorious 200 medley relay which broke the pool record at Rider.  In addition, Hussein tied the Coppola Pool record in the 50 free (21.31) and claimed the top spot in the 200 free as well as the 200 IM.  On Wednesday, he was rewarded with CCSA Swimmer of the Week honor.

UMBC also picked up multiple wins on Saturday from both senior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Seconday Science) and sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymansium) who swept the backstroke and breaststroke events, respectively.

A pair of freshmen, Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) and Hannah Sutherland (Kingston, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary), as well as senior Klara Pavelkova (Prague. Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) paced the Retriever women with two wins apiece as they defeated Rider, 162-132.  Escobedo claimed the 100 and 200-yd. breaststroke events, while Sutherland took the butterfly titles and Pavelkova won both the 100 and 200-yd. backstroke races.

In addition, rookies Grace Dai (Germantown, Md./Northwest), Cassie Jordan (Woodbine, Md./Mount de Sales), and Kayla Lilly (Natick, Mass./Montrose) picked up wins in their first collegiate dual meet.