UMBC Closes the Regular Season Against East Carolina on Saturday

UMBC Closes the Regular Season Against East Carolina on Saturday

Baltimore, Md.— UMBC will host the Pirates in the regular season finale. It will also be senior day for the Retrievers, as 11 Retrievers will be honored prior to the meet.

About the Meet with East Carolina: 

What: UMBC Retrievers vs. East Carolina University Pirates

When: Saturday, January 24, 1:00 p.m.

Where: UMBC Aquatic Complex, Baltimore, Md.

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Last Time Out:

Alissa Caulfield took gold in the 1000 free, winning in a time of 10:54.03. Emily Escobedo continued her strong sophomore campaign with a win in the 200 free (1:58.12). Lauren Day (100 back), Carly Waters (100 breast), Kayla Lilly (200 fly), and Catherine Frediani (50 free) picked up individual wins before the first intermission.

Escobedo picked up her second win of the day, touching the wall first in the 100 free in a time of 54.27. Hannah Sutherland and Cassie Jordan also picked up victories in the 200 back and 200 breast respectively. Sutherland touched the wall in 2:09.21, while Jordan finished the 200 breast in 2:31.76. Lilly also was a double winner on Saturday, taking first in the 500 free in a time of 5:12.75.

Amanda Day and Catherine Frediani picked up the final two individual victories on the day. Day finished the 100 fly in 58.70, while Frediani finished the 200 IM in 2:11.48.

Coco Darelius turned in another stellar performance on the boards, taking first in the 1 and 3 meter dives. Her score of 281.55 on the 1 meter board is her second best score of the year. The junior also posted a score of 267.60 in the 3 meter dive. 

Andrew Femiano kicked off the individual races with a win the 1000 free, touching the wall in 9:52.66. Jonas Gutzat and Andrew McKissick won back to back events, with Gutzat winning the 200 free (1:39.95) and McKissick taking gold in the 100 back (55.17). John Carroll (100 breast), Nikola Trajkovic (1:56.89) and Lauri Kaei (50 free) took home first place finishes before the first break.

Following the intermission, both Rob Breen and Gregor Sporlein finished in a time of 46.99 in the 100 free. Trajkovic picked up his second win of the day in the 200 back with a time of 1:55.33. Luca Santinelli picked up a victory in the 200 back with a time of 2:08.70. Miles Ruttan picked up a win in the 500 free in a time of 4:55.61.

Rob Breen and Trajkovic picked up the final individual wins of the day. Breen finished the 100 fly in a time of 54.97, while Nikola finished the 200 IM in a time of 1:55.95.

Pak Lam Wong turned in a career best on the 3 meter boards, scoring a 329.77. Ryan Green also picked up a victory in the 1 meter dive, with a score of 302.77.

Last Year at Against the Pirates:

Escobedo upped her season win total to a team-best 13 by winning three events on Saturday.  The freshman began her day by claiming the 100-yd. breaststroke title with a season-best time of 1:04.63.  She then doubled her winnings and completed the sweep of the breaststroke events with a win in the 200-yd. race, again in a top season time (2:17.13).  Escobedo capped her day by taking the top spot in the 200 IM (2:06.96).

Senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) helped the Retrievers capture both relay titles, in addition to earning his team-best 12th victory by winning the 200 IM (1:51.59).  Hussein teamed with sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymansium) to win the 200 medley relay for the fourth time this season.  He then anchored the 400 free relay with Sporlein, senior Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island), and Kaei to victory to end the meet.

Freshman Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) won his second career dual meet event by touching first in the 1,000 free (9:34.14).

For the women, senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) earned her tenth win of the year by winning the 100 free (52.34) while sophomore Stephanie Romano (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Towson) won her third event in two meets by taking the 500 free (5:05.57).

On the diving boards, senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) and sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) each won the 1-meter event.  Perkins scored 255.75 to capture the men's event while Darelius posted a score of 254.02.

Records Are Made to Be Broken:

Head Coach Chad Cradock earned his 200th win last weekend at the CCSA North Invitational. Cradock has an overall record of 200-66-1 (.749) over his 14 seasons at UMBC. Coco Darelius also broke a school record during the CCSA North Invite. Coco scored a 300.60 on the 3 meter boards, breaking Ashley Houghton's previous record of 300.16 set back in 2006.

Conference/ECAC Honors:

This past week, Jonas Gutzat and Ryan Green picked up CCSA Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors, while Coco Darelius earned America East Diver of the week. Gutzat and Darelius did not stop there, as they earned ECAC honors as well following the Howard meet.

Gregor Sporlein and Ryan Green took home CCSA Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors for the week ending 10/12. Both Sporlein and Green were key contributors to UMBC's 158-125 victory over Rider on Saturday, October 11. The two also took home the awards this past week for the week ending 10/19. Coco Darelius and Emily Escobedo won America East Swimmer and Diver of the week honors this past week.

On the Horizon:

The Retrievers will head to their respective conference championships in the following weeks. The women kick off championship season at the America East Championships, Feb. 12-15 in Worcester, Mass. The Retriever men will follow them with the CCSA Championships from Feb. 18-21 in Athens, Ga.