BALTIMORE, Md. – Two weeks after breaking the 200 medley relay pool record, the team of Alexander Gliese, Luis Galvan, Philip Adejumo, and Ilia Rattsev reset the record as the men swept VMI, 146-116, and East Carolina, 169-123, on Saturday afternoon. The women's team split the tri-meet, defeating the Keydets, 128-86, and dropping the meet to the Pirates, 165-135.
The Retriever men finish the regular season with a dual record of 6-1, while the ladies sit at 5-3.
"I am extremely proud of our team today. We obviously dedicated today to our 13 wonderful seniors who have given so much to our program," said head coach Chad Cradock. "This group of seniors really bought in and because of that, we were able to do something we haven't done before."
"East Carolina, on the men's side, we've only won against them two times and tied them once. And both times, it always came down to that last relay. Today, we were able to take it right away and explode," said Cradock. "On the women's side, they've always exhibitioned against us and one of the things they'll do is they change the color of their swimming cap. And today, they didn't change their cap color. We are so proud of our team as a whole."
In the 200 medley relay against Howard, the Retrievers broke Penn's pool record as they finished first with a time of 1:32.32; today, they touched in with a time of 1:31.11 to take first place.
Individually, Rattsev picked up individual wins in the 50 free (20.67) and 200 free (1:40.04). Adejumo finished first in the 100 fly with a time of 49.15 and the 200 fly in a time of 1:51.96, followed by Jack Carlisle (Cape Town, South Africa) in a time of 1:54.19.
Galvan finished second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.08, followed by Nikola Trajkovic with a time of 2:08.48. He also finished third in the 100 breast in a time of 57.39, behind Kyle Paxton's (Bel Air, Md.) time of 57.17. Trajkovic also finished second in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.09. Gliese took first in both back disciplines, finishing the 100 in a time of 50.97 and the 200 in 1:48.66.
Kai Wisner (Syracuse, N.Y.) took first in the 1000 free with a time of 9.27.15, while Haythem Abdelkhalek finished in second in 9:35.81. The duo also finished one-two in the 500 free, with Wisner touching in with a time of 4:38.27 and Abdelkhalek finishing in 4:39.26.
On the boards, Elijah Wright (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) took first in both dive disciplines, scoring 287.95 on the 1 meter dive and 288.75 on the 3 meter dive. Leo Buoye (Spencerport, N.Y.) took second in the 3 meter with a score of 251.55.
On the women's side, the ladies also started the day with a first place finish as the team of Emily Vance, Maddy Popalis, Natalija Marin, and Laura Massicotte touched in with a time of 1:46.38, just milliseconds before East Carolina. In the 400 free relay, Marin, Haylee Committe, Popalis, and Hania Moro finished second with a time of 3:34.61.
Individually, the Retrievers went one-two in the 1000 free, with Moro touching in with a time of 10:22.91, followed by Carly Waters (Crownsville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) with a time of 10:28.81. The duo also finished in the top two spots in the 500 free, with Moro touching in with a time of 5:05.77, followed by Waters at 5:11.27. Moro also earned a first place finish in the 200 free (1:52.38).
Emily Vance took first in the 100 back, touching in with a time of 56.73, while touching in second in the 200 back with a time of 2:02.54; Aleshea Knight (Ottawa, Ontario) finished right behind with a time of 2:06.81. Popalis finished the 100 breast in 1:05.82 and third in the 200 breast with a time of 2:25.44.
Committe took second in the 50 free, touching in with a time of 24.44, while finishing third in the 100 free with a time of 52.72. Marin finished first in the 100 fly, touching in with a time of 57.78 after finishing third in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.22.
In the 200 IM, Massicotte finished second with a time of 2:07.90, while Knight and Natalie Davis (Austin, Texas) went three-four.
On the boards, Abby Biddulph (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) placed second in the 1 meter dive with a score of 222.97 and third in the 3 meter dive with a score of 229.50.
The Retrievers will next compete at the America East Championships in Worcester, Mass. From February 15-18. The ladies will look to defend their crown for the fourth-straight year, while the men will compete in the championships for the first time since the 2012-13 season after spending the last four years in the CCSA.
"I think feel we're prepared already – we're focused, we're driven, and we're going to go into [America East Championships] and give it our best," said Cradock. "We don't go in there to try and win the meet, we go in there to have fun, and winning is just a byproduct of everything we've done all together."