BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams close out their 2013-14 home schedule with their first and only home meet of 2014, Saturday against Howard. The Retrievers and Bison will take to the UMBC Aquatic Complex pool at 1:00 p.m. following a ceremony to recognize the 13 Retriever seniors who will be completing their home careers.
The Retrievers men finished the 2013 portion of their schedule with a 3-1 dual meet record before placing third at the Patriot Invitational at George Mason. UMBC defeated Rider, George Washington, and Old Dominion, but fell 154-145 in a heated meet with Navy.
Senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) paces the squad with ten individual event wins and has been named the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Swimmer of the Week twice. An NCAA qualifier a year ago, Hussein has claimed victory in the 200-yd. IM at six meets this season, posting a top-time of 1:50.25 at the Patriot Invite.
Classmate Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) has also led by example, earning six dual meet event wins, all in the backstroke. The senior swept the backstroke events against ODU on Nov. 2 and then received the CCSA weekly honor.
A total of eight different Retriever men have claimed at least one dual meet win in the pool this season with sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Henrich Gymnasium) earning six victories in the breaststroke discipline.
On the diving boards, senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) won four events during the 2013 section of the schedule and qualified for the NCAA Zones meet by scoring a career-best 323.62 on the 3-meter board on Oct. 26. Perkins earned the CCSA Diver of the Week award twice during the fall. Junior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) will join Perkins at the regional meet after scoring 304.65 on the one-meter board during the team's trip to Florida.
UMBC's women's squad went 2-2 during the first half of the season, getting past Rider and GW, but losing to Navy and ODU. The Retrievers then placed sixth at the three-day invitational at George Mason.
Eleven different athletes have claimed at least one dual meet win for the Black and Gold this season, led by eight from freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) and seven from senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista). Tadena won the 100 breast, 100 free, and 100 fly in UMBC's narrow loss at ODU on Nov. 2 and was named the America East Swimmer of the Week.
UMBC has received strong contributions from its freshman class as five rookies have won an event this season. Behind Escobedo, Hannah Sutherland (Kingston, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) has collected four wins.
After winning three events during the fall season, sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) qualified for her second straight NCAA Zones meet by scoring a career-best 271.85 on the one-meter board in Florida. The sophomore was named the America East Diver of the Week on Nov. 26 after winning a silver medal in the three-meter competition and placing fifth on the one-meter board at the Patriot Invitational at George Mason.