November 21, 2013

Freshman Shine as UMBC Swimming and Diving Completes Competition at Patriot Invitational

FAIRFAX, Va. – UMBC freshmen Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) and Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) each earned silver medals as the UMBC swimming and diving program wrapped up competition on day three of the Patriot Invitational, Saturday at George Mason's Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The UMBC men finished the three-day invitational in third-place out of eight teams with 713 pts, while the Retriever women place sixth out of nine squads with 354.5 pts.  George Mason swept the men's and women's competitions with the Patriot men scoring 963 pts. and the GMU women winning  with 923 pts. 

Sporlein and Escobedo each missed out on a gold medal by less than a second in their respective races.  In the 100 free finals, Sporlein touched in with a season-best time of 45.71, just behind Mason's Joey Kelly (45.37).  Junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumma, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) took sixth in the event with a finals time of 46.83.  Escobedo, meanwhile, clocked in a season-best of 2:17.38 in the 200 breast, barely back of Richmond's Mali Kobelja (2:17.36).

Senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) picked up a gold medal on the final day of competition, sharing the top spot in the 100 free.  After finishing second in the prelims by .01, Tadena tied with Mason's Paige Impink for the gold medal with a time of 51.25.

For the men, senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) completed his individual haul from the three-day meet with a silver medal in the 200 back (1:49.46).  Classmate Johan Rohtla(Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) took fourth in the event with a time of 1:51.19.

In a closely contested distance free event, junior Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) placed fourth with a 1,650 time of 16:14.56, less than three seconds back of race winner Dylan Rasnick from American.  Freshman Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) finished sixth in the race with a time of 16:18.77.

In the final event of the weekend, the UMBC men's 400 free relay team of Hussein, Kaei, seniorEvan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island), and Sporlein garnered a bronze medal with a time of 3:03.60.

UMBC now has the remainder of the 2013 calendar year off from competition before starting 2014 with a home dual meet against Howard on Jan. 11.