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Jennifer Roberts had five victories last week for New Hampshire.
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Familiar Faces Earn Weekly Swimming and Diving Honors

Release: 01/22/2013
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four repeat winners highlight this week’s America East swimming and diving honors. UMBC swept the men’s awards, as Pierre De Waal is the Swimmer of the Week while classmate Andrew Eckhoff is the Diver of the Week. For the women, Jennifer Roberts of New Hampshire was tabbed as the Swimmer of the Week while Kara Capossela takes home Diver of the Week honors.

Competing against Loyola, De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa) claimed a pair of victories to bump his season dual meet win total to 11. The senior set the pace in the 100 fly with a time of 51.44 and again in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 1:50.62. Both times were season-bests for De Waal, who owns the top conference time in the 200 fly and the fourth-best in the 100 fly. This is De Waal’s third weekly honor of 2012-13.

Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass.) swept the diving events for the third time this season. On the one-meter boards, the senior bested the field with a score of 321.75 before turning in a season-best score of 348.45 in the three-meter dive. Eckhoff has the top America East score in both events this season and has now earned weekly honors six times this year.

Roberts (Springvale, Maine) collected five first-place finishes across two meets last week including four individual wins. In her first meet of the week against Dartmouth, the junior set a new pool record in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:50.76, and also won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.81. Roberts also helped the 200 medley relay quartet to a victory. Over the weekend against Boston U., Roberts won for a fifth time, taking the 100 fly with a time of 56.84. She now has the top America East time in the 100 fly, the 200 free and the 200 back.

Capossela (Greenwich, Conn.) registered three wins on the weekend against Bowdoin and Providence. In her first meet of the week, the junior swept the boards with a 265.75 in the one-meter and a 279.65 in the three-meter. Both scores broke school records and her three-meter score is tops in the America East this year. Capossela went on to win the one-meter boards against Providence with a score of 245.95 while finishing second in the three-meter.

America East Men’s Swimming and Diving News and Notes

  • Devin Zdanowski of Binghamton had a season best score of 313.05 in the three-meter dive versus St. Bonaventure.
  • Caleb Hoffman had two individual wins and a relay win for Maine in weekend meets against Providence and Bowdoin.
America East Women’s Swimming and Diving News and Notes

  • Binghamton claimed a 400 medley relay win against St. Bonaventure.
  • Talor Tadena had four total victories in a UMBC win over Loyola.
  • Vermont suffered a pair of setbacks, but Christa Weaver had three totals wins against Northeastern.

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)
Jan. 22 – 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: Jennifer Roberts (New Hampshire); Women's Diver of the Week: Kara Capossela (Maine)
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