BALTIMORE – UMBC swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock has named six student-athletes as captains for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Seniors Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Garrett Mazziotti (Killingworth, Conn.) and junior Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia) have been named on the men's side, while seniors Natalie Davis (Austin, Texas), Britt Driscoll (Wallingford, Conn.), and Hania Moro (Cairo, Egypt) were selected on the women's side.
At this year's America East Championship, Gliese took home three individual medals, including a gold in the 200 back where he broke former Retriever Mohamed Huessin's America East record in a time of 1:45.27. He also earned a top-place finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:27.81 and finished first in the 100 back, clocking in with a time of 48.55. Gliese was a member of the men's 200 medley relay team that broke a UMBC and America East record in a time of 1:28.61. He also earned gold in the 400 medley and 400 free relays. Over the summer, Gliese broke his own Danish national record at the Swim England Summer National Meet with a time of 2:00.49; last year, he broke the record at the arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara in a time of 2:01.31.
Mazziotti competed in three events at the America East Championships. In the 200 fly, he touched in with a time of 1:57.66, while clocking in with a time of 52.36 in the 100 fly. He also swam in the 50 free, reaching the wall in a time of 22.27.
Rattsev was named America East Most Outstanding Male Swimmer after sweeping the free discipline at the America East Championships. He set a new school record in the 50 free with a time of 20.00, just .05 seconds off of Gregor Spoerlein's time set back in 2016. He also earned gold in the 100 free (43.92) and 200 free (1:37.41). Rattsev was also a member of the men's 200 medley relay team that broke a UMBC and America East record. He also earned gold medals with the 400 free, 400 medley and 200 free relay teams.
Davis is serving as a second year captain. She competed in three events at the America East Championships. She swam the 200 IM in a time of 2:10.99, and also competed in the 400 IM, touching the wall in a time of 4:37.75. In the 200 back, she clocked in with a time of 2:09.38.
Driscoll was a three-time finalist at the America East Championships. She earned a silver medal and posted a personal-best in the 200 fly, reaching the wall in a time of 2:03.88. She also took second in the 400 IM in a time of 4:21.77. In the 500 free, Driscoll placed fifth with a time of 4:59.33 and earned a goal medal with the women's 800 free relay team. She also took home a silver with the 400 free relay team.
Moro was a two-time champion at the America East Championships, where she earned gold in the 1650 free, touching in with a time of 16:53.55. She also earned gold in the 500 free in a time of 4:51.89 and took home bronze in the 200 free, clocking in with a time of 1:50.39. Moro also helped the women earn a gold in the 800 free relay.
Coach Cradock says "We are a team that allows our student-athletes select their leaders. The six captains are a true reflection of this team as a whole. I am excited as these special people will help us grow to our goals and dreams. We are going work hard together and just ENJOY IT!"