Darelius Takes 1m Diving Gold, Escobedo Smashes School Record in 200 IM as UMBC Sits Tied for Second After Day One at America East Championships

WORCESTER, Mass. – UMBC sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) won the 1-meter diving competition and freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) broke the school record while earning a bronze medal in the 200-yd. IM as the Retrievers competed on the first day of the 2014 America East Swimming and Diving Championships at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Reigning champion New Hampshire leads the standings with 290 points while UMBC and Vermont are level in second-place with 183 points.  Binghamton (154 pts.) and Maine (137 pts.) round out the standings after the first of three days.

Darelius captured gold in the low-board diving event after winning a silver medal a year ago at Maine.  After pacing the competition in the prelim round with a score of 252.00, the sophomore put up a score of 235.30 to take the top spot on the podium.  Junior Emily Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) claimed her first career America East medal by finishing fifth in the finals.

After originally breaking the school record of 2:02.87 set by Jennifer Kotonias in the event's morning prelims with a time of 2:00.69, Escobedo dropped her time even further at night.  The freshman claimed her first career conference medal by clocking in at 2:00.63.  Classmate Kayla Lilly (Natick, Mass./Medfield) placed sixth in the finals race with a time of 2:06.73.

UMBC opened the first night of finals by taking third-place in the 200 freestyle relay.  The team of sophomore Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West), freshman Lauren Day (Kingwood, Texas, Kingwood), and seniors Erika Ronning (Western Spring, Ill./Lyons Township), and Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) combined for a time of 1:34.84.

Sophomore Stephanie Romano (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Towson) also garnered a bronze medal in her first America East event.  The mid-year transfer touched in at 5:00.60 to finish third in the 500 free while Langford touched eighth.

In the 50 free sprint, senior Ronning finished sixth with a season-best time of 23.86.

To round out the night, the 400 medley relay team of senior Klara Pavelkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni), Escobedo, Tadena, and Ronning set a new school record and won a silver medal.  The Retriever quartet finished with a time of 3:43.37 to push past the previous UMBC mark of 3:44.25 set in 2011.

The Retrievers hit the pool for day two of the America East Championships on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the trials for the 400-yd. IM.