UMBC Swimming and Diving Hosts Penn on Saturday

UMBC Swimming and Diving Hosts Penn on Saturday

Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC swimming and diving teams return to Baltimore for the last home meet of the semester against Penn on Saturday. The Retrievers are coming off a strong showing at the Virginia Tech Tri-Meet with Gardner-Webb last weekend.

Last Time Out:

UMBC swimming and diving took to the pool against Virginia Tech and Gardner-Webb on Saturday. Junior Emily Escobedo had a pair of first place finishes to lead the women, while rookie Alexander Gliese had a couple of second place finishes to lead the men. The host Hokies defeated both the men (174-126) and the women (171-129), while UMBC scored victories over Gardner-Webb. The men won 172-128 and the women won 170-130. 

On the women's side, Escobedo once again dominated the pool in the breaststroke discipline. The New York native won both the 100 and 200 breast with times of 1:02.91 and 2:14.63 respectively. Escobedo finished the day with a win in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 2:04.33.

Hania Moro earned a trio of top three finishes, placing second in the 200 free, 100 free and 500 free. Moro touched in at 1:51.66 in the 200, 52.93 in the 100, and 5:03.93 in the 500 free. Kristie Langford placed second in the 50 free, finishing with a time of 24.46, just .40 seconds behind the winner.

On the boards, senior Coco Darelius placed third in both the 1 meter (243.00) and 3 meter (265.20) dives.

For the men, the quartet of Miles Ruttan, Leo Endres, Philip Adejumo and Gregor Spoerlein took second in the 200 medley relay. The foursome touched the wall in a time of 1:33.28.

Individually, Alexander Gliese had a pair of second place finishes. Gliese finished the 100 back in a time of 50.39 and the  200 back in 1:50.17, just .10 seconds off the winner.

Other second place finishers include Ahmed Wahby (200 free, 1:41.82), Leo Endres (100 breast, 57.87), Gregor Spoerlein (100 free, 46.34), and Philip Adejumo (100 fly, 50.19).

Conference Honors:

Five different Retrievers have earned conference awards so far this year. On the women's side, junior Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) and senior Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) have earned America East Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards. Escobedo has earned the distinction three times, while Darelius has been honored twice.

For the men, three different Retrievers have been named CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) Swimmer and Diver of the week. Freshmen Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach), Elijah Wright (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and Leo Buoye (Spencerport, N.Y./Spencerport) have earned honors. Gliese has been named swimmer of the week twice, while Buoye has earned one diver of the week award. Wright is the reigning CCSA Diver of the Week, as has been named diver of the week four times.

On The Horizon:

The Retrievers will head to George Mason for the Patriot Invitational next weekend. The three day meet will start on Thursday, Nov. 12 and run through Saturday, Nov. 14.