Hussein and Rohtla Sweep IM and Backstroke Events for Men, Escobedo and Lilly Take Breaststroke and IM Competitions as UMBC Opens Season at Bucknell
LEWISBURG, Pa. – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) started his final season with a bang by winning all three of the individual medley events while classmate Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) swept the backstroke events and the UMBC swimming and diving teams won 25 of 44 events in an exhibition meet against Bucknell, Saturday afternoon at Kinney Natatorium.
For the women, freshmen Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) and Kayla Lilly (Natick, Mass./Medfield) both burst onto the scene at Bucknell, each winning three events. Escobedo swept the 50 (31.32), 100 (1:07.10), and 200-yd. breaststroke (2:19.92) events while Lilly took the top spot in the 100 (1:03.11), 200 (2:12.86), and 400-yd. IM events (4:38.95).
In addition, the Retrievers swept the four relay competitions against the Bison.
A two-time America East Most Outstanding Male Swimmer honoree and an NCAA Championships qualifier, Hussein won the 100-yd. (51.58), 200-yd. (1:52.80), and 400-yd. IM events (4:04.30) against the Bison to start the season.
Rohtla equaled his classmate's feat by sweeping the backstroke events in Pennsylvania. The senior opened with a win in the 200-yd. event (1:54.36) and then went on to take top honors in the 100-yd. (52.57) and 50-yd races (25.05) as well.
On the diving boards, senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) took the top spot in both events, winning the 1-meter competition with a score of 244.13 and then earned the 3-meter win with 268.95 points.
Sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) also picked up multiple wins by taking the top spot in the 50-yd. (27.01) and 100-yd. breaststroke (59.10) events.
Freshmen Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) and Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) earned wins in their first collegiate races, while junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) won the 200 free (1:42.31).
Also for the women, senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) started her year by winning the 50 fly (26.91) and sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) won the 3-meter diving competition.
UMBC opens up the 2013-14 dual meet season next weekend when the Retrievers travel to New Jersey to take on Rider.