Ilia Rattsev, Sophomore, Men's Swimming and Diving

Ilia Rattsev, Sophomore, Men's Swimming and Diving

Sophomore Ilia Rattsev of the UMBC men's swimming and diving team has been named UMBC Athlete of the Week presented by Northwestern Mutual for the week ending 2/19.

At the 2018 America East Swimming and Diving Championships, Rattsev helped the men earned their first America East championship since 2012-13. The sophomore earned gold in the 50, 100, and 200 free events, while also helping the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 400 free relay reams to first-place finishes.

Rattsev broke the school record in the 50 free, clocking in with a time of 20.00, shaving .05 seconds off of Gregor Spoerlein's time set back in 2016. He also helped the men's 200 medley relay team break the conference record with a time of 1:28.61, shaving .30 seconds off Boston University's time set back in 2011. The time also clocks in as a new school record, a mere .20 seconds off the previous record.

The sophomore also earned NCAA B cuts in all three of his individual events.