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Mohamed Hussein was named Swimmer of the Week for the fourth time this year.
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UMBC Sweeps First Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards of 2013

Release: 01/15/2013
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC starts off 2013 with a sweep of the America East weekly swimming and diving honors after several standout performances over the weekend. Mohamed Hussein and Andrew Eckhoff take home male Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors, respectively. For the women, Claire Barron is the Swimmer of the Week while Corinna Darelius earns the nod as Diver of the Week.

Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) continued his stellar campaign with three more individual victories along with a 400 free relay win. The junior touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle (1:40.83), the 100 fly (50.91) and the 200 individual medley (1:53.94). With these three victories, Hussein pushed his season total to a team-best 14 wins this season as UMBC downed Old Dominion. Hussein now owns the top conference time in the 200 IM and the second-best time in the 200 free and the 100 fly. 

Also having an excellent year, Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass.) added to his win total in 2012-13 by sweeping the diving events versus Old Dominion over the weekend. The senior turned in a season-best and NCAA Zone qualifying score of 337.95 on the three-meter boards and a score of 329.25 to win the one-meter dive. Eckhoff has won seven dual meets this season. He also owns the best America East score on the one-meter boards by 20 points and on the three-meter boards by 30 points.

Barron (Lowestoft, England) had four victories on the day, splitting them between individual and relay races. The senior raced to victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.53) and 200 breaststroke (2:25.04) while also lending a hand to two Retriever relay wins. Barron currently owns the fourth-best 100 breast time in the America East this year along with the sixth-best time in the 200 breast.

Darelius (Rye, N.Y.) swept the diving events for the second time this season as she helped UMBC to a win over Old Dominion. After winning the one-meter dive with a score of 253.35, the freshman turned in a personal-best of 270.22 in the three-meter dive to earn her second victory of the day. Darelius has the best conference score in the three-meter dive and the second-best in the one-meter dive.

America East action will get into full swing again throughout the course of the week, with Binghamton, Maine, UMBC, New Hampshire and Vermont all competing. Boston U. will pick up on Jan. 25 at the Dartmouth Invitational.

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)
Oct. 23 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Mohamed Hussein (UMBC); Men’s Diver of the Week: Andrew Eckhoff (UMBC); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Jennifer Roberts (New Hampshire); Women’s Diver of the Week: Corinna Darelius (UMBC)
Oct. 30 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Mohamed Hussein (UMBC); Men’s Diver of the Week: Travis Wibby (Maine); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Jennifer Roberts (New Hampshire); Women’s Diver of the Week: Kara Capossela (Maine)
Nov. 6 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Mario Caballero (Boston U.); Men’s Diver of the Week: Jared Schek (Boston U.); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Kendra Cheng (Boston U.); Women’s Diver of the Wekk: Melinda Matyas (Boston U.)
Nov. 13 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Mohamed Hussein (UMBC); Men’s Diver of the Week: Andrew Eckhoff; Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Katie Mann (New Hampshire); Women’s Diver of the Week: Katie Bean (UMBC)
Nov. 20 – 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: Katie Bean (UMBC)
Dec. 4 – Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Brian McKenna (Binghamton); Men’s Diver of the Week: Devin Zdanowski (Binghamton); Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Ilsa Feierabend (Vermont); Women’s Diver of the Week: Kara Capossela (Maine)
Dec. 11 – Men's Swimmer of the Week: Robbie Bickford (Maine); Men's Diver of the Week: Travis Wibby (Maine); Women's Swimmer of the Week: Erica Smrcina (Maine); Women's Diver of the Week: Kara Capossela (Maine)
Jan. 15 – Men's Swimmer of the Week: Mohamed Hussein (UMBC); Men's Diver of the Week: Andrew Eckhoff (UMBC); Women's Swimmer of the Week: Claire Barron (UMBC); Women's Diver of the Week: Corinna Darelius (UMBC)
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