Retrievers Head South to Face Old Dominion for Dual Meet on Saturday

Junior Rob Breen
Junior Rob Breen

Coach's Corner Ep. 4

BALTIMORE – After earning a sweep of George Washington last Saturday at the UMBC Aquatic Complex, the UMBC swimming and diving programs head south for its second road dual meet of the season.  The Retrievers will travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion at 1:00 p.m.

Last season, the Retrievers swept the Monarchs in Baltimore as Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) won three events for the men and Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) claimed the 50 and 100 free for the women, in addition to aiding both relay teams to victory.

This season, the Retriever men and women are both off to a 2-1 dual meet start with victories over Rider and GW.  The relay squads have sparked the Black and Gold, claiming both the 200 medley and 400 free races in each of the three meets.

For the men, Hussein won three individual events last week against the Colonials, bringing his season total up to a team-best eight, and was named the CCSA Swimmer of the Week.  He currently ranks in the top-five in the CCSA in five events with his times in the 100 back (50.57) and 200 IM (1:52.80) leading the conference.

Senior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) picked up a win in the 200 back last weekend and sits second in the league with his season-best time of 1:53.26.  Countrymen Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) won the 200 free against GW and ranks second in the conference in the event (1:41.65), while he leads the conference in the 100 fly (51.40).

On the diving boards, senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) put up career-best scores while sweeping the events last week and qualified for the NCAA Zones meet for the first time in his career.  Perkins won 1-meter event with a score of 281.02 and then reached the qualifying standard with his score of 323.62 in the 3-meter competition.

The UMBC women's squad has used a mix of youth and experience in the early stages of the season with freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) leading the team with six event wins so far.  Escobedo has won two events in each of the Retrievers' three meets and ranks second in the America East in both the 100 (1:06.84) and 200 breaststroke (2:19.92) events.

Seniors Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) and Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) have combined for seven wins this season while Tadena leads the America East Conference in the 100 free with her time of 52.05 from the Navy meet.

Sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) leads the Retrievers on the boards and earned a sweep of the two events last weekend.  She also earned a win in the 3-meter event against Navy with a season-best score of 243.75, the second-best score in the America East.