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February 14, 2013 / umbcdawgblog

Let’s Get This Started

And here we go again with another year of live coverage of the America East Swimming and Diving Championships.  This year we’re coming to you from the Stanley M. Wallace Pool at the University of Maine.

After a disappointing pair of second place finishes last year in Boston, the Retrievers enter the meet in Maine with a chip on their shoulder, looking to get back to the top.  Both teams had successful dual meet seasons with the women finishing 5-3 and the men completing just the second undefeated season in school history with a perfect 7-0 record.

We’ll open the meet on the boards with the men’s 1-meter diving competition and the women’s 3-meter event.  Reigning America East Most Outstanding Male Diver Andrew Eckhoff leads a squad of five male divers while Katie Bean and Coco Darelius, both NCAA Zones qualifiers, pace the women.  Eckhoff won 1-meter event last year, as well as the 3-meter competition, and led the conference with the top scores in both diving competitions during the dual meet season in 2012-13.

In addition to the diving, we will have two relays go off tonight, starting with the 800 free, followed by the 200 medley.  During the dual meet season, the men won 13 of the 14 relay events while the women captured 12 races.

For live coverage of the Championships, follow UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) on twitter.




UPDATE: Feb 15, 8:26 a.m.

In the first session of the championships, UMBC won a total of three events as both the men and women took the lead in the standings.  For the men, Andrew Eckhoff won the 1-meter diving competition for the second-straight season.  Carson Wong, Ryan Green, Enrique Labourdeth, and Tim Perkins also reached the finals and scored for the Retrievers.  In the women’s 3-meter competition, Katie Bean won a silver medal while Coco Darelius took fourth.

In the pool, both the men and women had a record-setting night.  The men’s 800 free relay team got things started by winning the event with a pool record time of 6:38.08.  In addition, lead-off swimmer Mohamed Hussein broke the school and pool record with a 200 free split of 1:36.83.  Johan Rohtla, Rob Breen, and Pierre De Waal then finished off the win.

For the women, the 200 medley team of Klara Pavelkova, Claire Barron, Talor Tadena, and Erika Ronning also set school and pool marks with a winning time of 1:42.70.

For a full recap, check out the UMBC Athletics release.

Day 1 Standings – Men

1. UMBC – 148

2. Maine – 77

3. Binghamton – 73

Day 1 Standings – Women

1. UMBC – 112

2. UNH – 106

3. Binghamton – 81

4. Maine – 78

5. Vermont – 75


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