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UMBC SWIMMING & DIVING BEGINS 2002-2003 SEASON WITH MEET AT AMERICAN
The UMBC Swimming & Diving team kicks off the 2002-03 season on Friday, October 26, when they visit American University in Washington, D.C.
Last year, the Retriever men finished with a school-record eleven wins, while falling only to Virginia Tech by a narrow 162-136 margin. The men went on to capture their fifth consecutive ECAC championship as head coach Chad Cradock was named the Men's Coach of the Year. This year, UMBC will be led by senior co-captains David Landgren and Kart Strauss.
On the women's side, the Retrievers captured the Northeast Conference crown for the third time in four years, as they pulled away from the field, scoring 235 more points than their closest competitor in the finals. Coach Cradock was tabbed Coach of the Year, while then-freshman Lindsey Prather was voted as the Rookie of the Meet. Prather, who became the first Retriever swimmer to compete qualify in the NCAA Championships in 12 years when she qualified for both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, will lead the women this season, along with co-captains Megan Schaeffer and Amanda Otis.