BALTIMORE – UMBC freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) will become just the third Retriever female swimmer, and fourth swimmer overall, to compete at the national championships when the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships open on Thursday, March 20 at the University of Minnesota's University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Escobedo will compete in the 200-yd. IM (2:00.63), in addition to the 100- (1:01.58) and 200-yd. (2:10.05) breaststroke events. The freshman set the school record in each event this season, eclipsing previous record holder and NCAA participant Lindsey Prather (200 breaststroke: 2:15.84) who was the second Retriever to reach the national meet in 2002. Jacque Wisnauskas was the first UMBC swimmer to reach the NCAA meet, swimming the 200 fly at the 1990 championships while senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) advanced last season and will compete at the men's meet in Texas next week (March 27-29).
Escobedo had a breakout season during her first year in Baltimore, leading the Retrievers to a second-place finish at the 2014 America East Championships in Worcester, Mass. She broke three individual records at the meet and earned two gold medals en route to receiving the conference's Most Outstanding Swimmer and Most Outstanding Rookie awards.
She went even further the next weekend in the 200 breast at the ECAC Championships to reach the national stage. Entering the weekend with her school record time of 2:12.11, Escobedo trimmed her time down to 2:11.23 in the morning prelims and then clipped it further at night by touching in 2:10.05 and winning a gold medal.