UMBC Sweeps Relays But Can’t Hold Off Navy

BALTIMORE, Maryland, October 18. DESPITE winning all four relays, the UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams couldn’t overcome the depth of Navy, as both the Navy men’s and women’s teams came away with wins on Friday night.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Press Release

The UMBC swimming and diving teams swept all four relay events, but it was not enough as Navy swept the Retrievers in a dual meet, Friday afternoon at the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The Midshipmen won the men’s meet, 154.5-145.5, while the Navy women downed the Retrievers, 163-137.

The men were looking to defeat the Mids for the second straight year after last season’s 156-144 victory and they received two wins apiece from seniors Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island) and Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College). Just before the first intermission Carey claimed the 50 free (21.57) and then doubled his winnings straight out of the gate with a victory in the 100 free (47.20). Hussein, meanwhile, claimed the 100 back (50.57) title before taking top honors in the 200 IM (1:54.10). Both Carey and Hussein were apart of each of the Retrievers’ relay wins.

The UMBC men also got wins from senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) in the 3-meter diving competition (278.55), classmate Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) in the 200 back (1:53.81), and sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) in the 200 free (1:41.65). Kaei also joined Carey and Hussein on the victorious relay squads.

For the women, senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) and freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) led the charge against the Mids. After not competing in UMBC’s opening dual meet at Rider last weekend, Tadena claimed both the 50 (24.40) and 100 free (52.05) events against Navy. Escobedo earned two wins for the second week in a row, pacing the field in the 200-yd. breaststroke (2:22.19) and 200 IM (2:11.80) on Friday.

Sophomores Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West) also contributed event wins for the Retrievers with Darelius winning the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 232.75 and Langford touching in at 1:56.22 in the 200 free.

The UMBC swimming and diving program returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 26 with a dual meet against George Washington. The meet between the Retrievers and Colonials is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.

Navy Press Release

The Navy swimming and diving teams successfully opened their 2013-14 seasons by sweeping a dual meet from UMBC Friday evening. The Mids recorded wins in half of the 16 events to win the women’s meet by the score of 163-137, with Navy winning just seven events in a 154.5-145.5 victory in the men’s meet.

Lauren Baguley (Sr., Hudsonville, Mich.) and Rachael Dudley (So., Hoschton, Ga.) each won a pair of events for the Navy women’s squad. Baguley picked up victories in both backstroke races (58.72 and 2:06.28), while Dudley swept the butterfly events (58.61 and 2:08.40).

Also earning victories during the meet for the Mids were Sam Brennan (Jr., Stillwell, Kan.) in the 1000 freestyle (10:40.13), Colleen Randolph (Sr., Annapolis, Md.) in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.82), Morgan Nassif (So., Laguna Hills, Calif.) in the 500 free (5:11.84) and Julie Jesse (So., Edwardsburg, Mich.) on the one-meter springboard (226.35).

Key events for the Mids were the 1000 free in which Brennan led a 1-2-3 Navy finish, as well as the 100 back, 200 fly and 200 back where Navy swimmers placed both first and second.

“It was great to see the divers provide the support they did tonight,” said Navy women’s swimming head coach John Morrison. “Our distance crew also came through for us, as did our backstrokers.

“It was nice to finally get up and race. It was a good result for us to begin the year with, but we have a lot of work to do before our meet next week.”

The Navy men’s team also saw two of its swimmers win a pair of events. Earning the double wins were Tom Duvall (So., Durham, N.H.) and Jonathan DeBaugh (So., Conroe, Texas). Duvall’s two victories came in the 1000 free (9:34.71) and 500 free (4:42.45) events, with DeBaugh claiming the two butterfly races (50.63 and 1:52.99).

Winning the remaining three races for Navy were Marlin Brutkiewicz (Fr., Mobile, Ala.), 100 breaststroke (57.20); Luke Hoffer (Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.), 200 breaststroke (2:05.85); and Wil Mayo (Sr., The Woodlands, Texas), one-meter diving (279.97).

Sparking the Mids to their victory was their placing first, second and third in race Nos. 11 and 12, the 200 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle.

“I was really impressed with the way we battled back tonight against a good UMBC team that deserves a lot of credit for how well they performed,” said Navy men’s swimming head coach Bill Roberts. “We were down at least 20 points late and were running out of events to make that up in. It was a real team effort for us to get back into the meet, let alone win it. The 200 breaststroke was the turning point. Not just finishing with the top-three placings, but the way the swimmers did it was big for us.

“We are excited to get back in the pool and get to work on a few things out of this meet and get ready for next week.

Both Navy teams will open the home portion of the season Friday when the Mids play host to Virginia in Lejeune Hall. The meet, which also features Yale’s women’s team, begins at 3 p.m.

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