CAMBRIDGE, Mass – As the America East swimming and diving season gets underway for 2012-13, a pair of UMBC men collected weekly honors while New Hampshire and Vermont were both represented on the women’s side. For the Retrievers, seniors Pierre De Waal and Andrew Eckhoff claimed the male Swimmer of the Week and Diver of the Week honors respectively. Catamount freshman Christa Weaver begins her career as the female Swimmer of the Week while Wildcat senior Ellen Pelletier captured Diver of the Week honors.
After being named male Swimmer of the Week twice in 2011-12, De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa) started his senior campaign by winning three individual events and helping his 400 free relay quartet to a victory as well. De Waal won the 200 free (1:43.26), the 200 fly (1:51.53) and the 500 free (4:43.46). In the 200 free, De Waal bested his opponents by nearly two seconds and then blew everyone away in the 200 fly, winning by seven seconds. De Waal won three events at last year’s America East Championship holds the conference record in the 200 backstroke.
Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass.) is coming off of a dominant junior campaign in which he earned Diver of the Week honors six times and went on to sweep the diving events at the America East Championship. In his first competition of 2012-13, Eckhoff’s score of 314.85 was tops in the 3 meter dive and he placed second in the 1 meter dive, registering a score of 283.
Weaver (South Burlington, Vt.) kicked of her career with a bang, helping Vermont beat Wagner by winning three individual events and setting a freshman record in the 100 free. Her time of 52.39 in that event actually broke the record set by her sister, Kate Weaver, in 2007. Weaver also won the 50 free (24.23) and the 200 free (1:53.76).
The America East Diver of the Week twice in 2011-12, Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) kicked of her senior season with a win in the one meter dive, thanks to a score of 240.61. Pelletier also registered the top score in the three meter dive with a 218.78 mark. Pelletier is the New Hampshire record holder in the one meter event, setting the mark at 275.25 last year.
America East squads saw great success in the pool this weekend, with the four teams in competition only registering one loss. The UMBC men beat Rider thanks to De Waal and Eckhoff and the Boston U. men scored a victory as well. Mun Hon Lee (Melbourne, Australia) was huge in the Terriers’ win over Massachusetts, winning three individual events in his first career meet. On the women’s side, Vermont downed Wagner, New Hampshire upended Boston College and UMBC beat Rider before falling to James Madison. The Boston U. women also won the season opener, getting a big effort from Katie Radin (Hanover, Mass.), as she won both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.
Just three schools in action this weekend, as the women from Vermont and New Hampshire face off on Saturday in Burlington and UMBC will play host to Navy on Friday.
2012-13 America East Performers of the Week
Oct. 16 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Pierre De Waal (UMBC); Men’s Diver of the Week: Andrew Eckhoff (UMBC); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Christa Weaver (Vermont); Women’s Diver of the Week: Ellen Pelletier (New Hampshire)