Retriever Men Third, Women Fifth after Second Day of Patriot Invitational
FAIRFAX, Va. – UMBC junior diver Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) broke the 300-point plateau for the first time on the 3-meter board and won a gold medal in the event as the UMBC swimming and diving teams competed on the second day of the Patriot Invitational, Friday at George Mason's Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Green helped keep the Retriever men remain in third-place of eight teams with 523 pts. behind meet-host George Mason and UNC-Wilmington. The UMBC women currently sit fifth heading into the final day of competition.
An NCAA Zones qualifier a year ago, Green scored 301.15 en route to winning the 3-meter competition with senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) just back with a score of 297.00 in the finals to earn the silver medal. Junior Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) nearly made it a clean sweep of the top medal, but finished fourth after scoring 273.60 in the event finals.
The 200 medley relay team of senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College), sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) also brought home gold medals for the Retrievers. The UMBC squad touched in at 1:32.63, just ahead of second-place UNC-Wilmington (1:32.80).
Hussein, who won the 200 IM on Thursday, also picked up a pair of bronze medals on Friday evening, taking third in both the 200 free (1:41.15) and 100 back (50.69). Sporlein, meanwhile, took fourth in the 200 free event. Hussein and Sporlein later combined with Kaei and junior Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) to claim a silver medal in the 800 free relay (6:49.60).
Endres earned an individual silver medal by placing second in the 100-yd. breaststroke with a season-best time of 57.40 while classmate Daniel Cano (Madrid, Spain/IES Ortega y Gasset) also reached the finals.
For the women, freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) reached the finals in the 400 IM and 100 breaststroke, earning a silver medal in the medley competition (4:28.99). Senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella) Vista) joined her in the 100 breast finals, placing fourth with a top season time of 1:04.42.
On the diving board, sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and junior Emily Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) both reached the finals of the 1-meter event. Darelius place fifth set a season-best score of 232.30 in the finals while Fay earned an eighth-place finish.
The UMBC swimming and diving teams wrap up the three-day competition on Saturday. The prelims for the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 1650 free will commence at 10:00 a.m. with the finals starting at 6:00 p.m.