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February 15, 2013 / umbcdawgblog

Let’s Start Fast

Before the start of the swimming event finals, there is already good news out of the UMBC camp.  While the Wallace Pool was nearly empty during the middle of the day, Katie Bean won the 1-meter diving event for the Retrievers.  After finishing second in the 3-meter competition last night, Bean completed the prelims of the low board event in second as well.  In the finals, however, the sophomore out-classed the competition with a score of 267.45.  In addition, Coco Darelius claimed the silver medal after placing fourth in prelims, and Victoria Monetta earned a seventh-place finish.

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Now, onto the swimming finals.  Tonight we have the finals for the 500 free, 200 IM, and 50 free, as well as the 200 free relay.  Both of the Retrievers’ squad enter the night session with a lead after a successful first day at Maine.

In the 500, Amy Fay is the only Retriever in the finals, but led the prelims with a time of 4:53.36.  On the men’s side, UMBC earned the top-four qualifiers with Pierre De Waal taking the top spot and Rob Breen, Alex Moothart, and Reed Neuendorf following.

Jenn Kotonias leads a trio of Retrievers into the finals of the 200 IM after recording the second-fastest time (2:02.99) in the prelims.  Tara Morrissette and Claire Barron will also compete for the Black and Gold.  UMBC earned the top spot in the men’s race with Mohamed Hussein matching his conference and school record time of 1:47.64 earlier today.  Leo Endres, Johan Rohtla, and Mike McGee will look to provide support in the medley race.

In the short sprint, Erika Ronning will try to earn her first individual gold medal after finishing the 50 free prelims in fourth.  Mariana Alvarado Gordoa, Kali Dean, and Klara Pavelkova will attempt to pick up valuable points in the consolation final.  Steve Gallagher missed out on the top spot in the prelims by just .05.  He, along with Evan Carey and Herol Marjak, is charged with the task in the sprint free event.

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