BALTIMORE – Looking to reclaim the America East titles, the UMBC swimming and diving teams have put together a challenging dual meet season schedule, head coach Chad Cradock announced Monday. The Retrievers will again take on local rivals Navy and Loyola among others, but have added regional powers Old Dominion and East Carolina to the slate.
"We're really excited about our upcoming schedule," said Cradock. "It gives us a little bit different outlook, but provides us with the opportunity to compete against some great teams and great rivals."
After an exhibition meet with Bucknell on Sept. 29, the Retrievers open the new season for the fourth straight year against Rider, this time at the UMBC Natatorium on Oct. 13, as a part of Parents Weekend. In addition, the women's team will face James Madison on the opening weekend.
Less than a week later UMBC welcomes Navy to Baltimore for the second year in a row for a meet on Oct. 19. The Retrievers then hit the road for the first time as they round out the month with a short trip down I-95 to face-off against George Washington.
To start the month of November, UMBC finishes the first half of the dual meet section by hosting Howard, a team it has taken on each of the past three seasons. The 2012 portion of the slate then closes as the Retrievers head down to Fairfax, Va. for the three-day Patriot Invitational hosted by George Mason.
Following winter break, the Retrievers open with three consecutive weekend meets, beginning and ending with visits from Old Dominion (Jan. 12) and East Carolina (Jan. 26), respectively, bracketed around a short drive to Loyola to take on the Greyhounds (Jan. 19).
"This schedule provides us with some great matchups," Cradock said. "They will help us improve and help us take the program to a new level."
After the East Carolina meet, the Retrievers have nearly a month off before heading up to Orono, Maine for the 2013 America East Championships held on the campus of the University of Maine from Feb. 23-26.