BALTIMORE, Md. – The UMBC swimming and diving teams will continue the championship season as they return to the pool this week as they head to ECAC Championships this week at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on the campus of Rutgers University.
The teams are coming off their America East Championship weeks, where the men's team claimed their first title since the 2012-13 seasons after posting a conference-best 1,113 points. The women came in second with 789.5 points, just 4.5 points behind winner New Hampshire.
ECAC Championship Info:
What: 2018 ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships
When: Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25
Where: Sonny Werblin Recreation Center – Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.
How to Watch: Live results available here
Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCSwimDive, #AESD
Last Time Out: America East Championships -
The Retrievers competed at the America East championships together for the first time since the 2012-13 season, with the men winning the title and the women taking second place.
The men earned 1,113 points, the most ever in a conference championship, and outlasted Binghamton, Maine, and VMI to win the title.
The women came in second place with 789.5 points, just 4.5 points shy of the crown as they came in behind New Hampshire. Vermont and Binghamton finished three-four, followed by Maine and VMI.
Overall, the Retrievers won 61 medals, including 26 gold, 18 silver, and 17 bronze, and nine were during relay events.
Nine records were broken during the course of the championships, either conference or school record. The men's 800 free relay team broke the WPI pool record after they touched in with a time of 6:36.49.
Sophomore Ilia Rattsev earned Most Outstanding Swimmer after placing first in the 50 free, in which he touched in with a school-record time of 20.00, 100 free, and 200 free. He also earned NCAA B cuts in the 50 and 100 free.
Freshmen Natalija Marin and Kai Wisner were named Female and Male Rookie of the Meet, respectively. Marin took gold in both the 100 and 200 fly, while Wisner earned two bronze medals in the 500 free and 400 IM and took silver in the 1650 free.
Senior Nikola Trajkovic was awarded the Dave Alexander Coaches' award for having the most points in a meet by a senior. UMBC also earned both Elite 18 awards, which are awarded to the student-athletes with the highest GPAs. The awards were given to Connor Ganley, who has a 3.96 in chemical engineering, and Allison Atkinson, who carries a 3.88 in biological sciences.
Coach Chad Cradock and his staff were named both the male and female Coaching Staff of the Year.