Twice As Nice! UMBC Men’s Swimming and Diving Repeats as CCSA Champions

Twice As Nice! UMBC Men’s Swimming and Diving Repeats as CCSA Champions

Saturday Results | Conference Release

Athens, Ga.— For the second straight year the UMBC men's swimming and diving team took home the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Championship title.  With two new men's teams, Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic, added to the conference this season, the road to a conference championship proved to be a difficult challenge. 

The Retrievers will return to action at the ECAC Championships on February 26-28 in Annapolis.

UMBC sat In third place after day one of the meet, but the Retrievers made a big move on day two and moved up to second place.  The defending champs produced an amazing day on the third day, and took the lead in the championships after a huge night in the pool.  On Saturday, the Retrievers held off the competition and came away with the title. 

On the final day, freshman Ahmed Wahby earned gold in the 200 back, finishing in a time of 1:46.81, just .03 seconds ahead of second place. Leo Endres earned another gold, this time taking the 200 breast in a time of 1:58.99 by the slimmest of margins, besting David Moore of Incarnate Word by .01 seconds.

Gregor Spoerlein was a second place finisher in the 100 free, touching the wall in a time of 43.90. Rookie Felix Richtsfeld won a silver medal in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:38.13.

Richtsfeld earned Freshman of the Meet honors, after claiming first in the 500-yard freestyle preliminary, placing second in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second in the 1650-yard freestyle and participating on UMBC's second place 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Head Coach Chad Cradock was named Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.

UMBC won the meet with 1,502 points, ahead of Incarnate Word with 1,281. Old Dominion took third with 1,255.5 points, and Gardner-Webb finished fourth with 1,111 points. Florida Atlantic (969), NJIT (528.5), Howard (335) and VMI (270) rounded out the field.

Once again, depth was the Retrievers' strength, as UMBC posted an amazing 24 new ALL-TIME TOP 10 SWIMS. 

Meet Highlights

-INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS by day of the Meet

  • DAY 3
    • GREGOR SPOERLEIN – 200FREE
    • LEO ENDRES – 100BREAST
  • DAY 4
    • AHMED WAHBY – 200BACK
    • LEO ENDRES – 200BREAST

-INDIVIDUAL TEAM RECORDS

  • 50 FREESTYLE – GREGOR SPOERLEIN 20.05
  • 100 BREASTSTROKE – LEO ENDRES 54.16

-AWARDS

  • CCSA MALE FRESHMAN SWIMMER OF THE YEAR – FELIX RICHTSFELD
  • CCSA MALE COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR – UMBC

-TOP 10 ALL TIME SWIMS

  • 24 

The Retrievers will return to action at the ECAC Championships on February 26-28 in Annapolis.