Swimming and Diving Announces Captains for 2017-18 Season

2017-18 Swimming and Diving Captains
Back (L to R): Alexander Gliese, Philip Adejumo, Nikola Trajkovic
Front: Natalie Davis, Allison Atkinson, Carly Waters
2017-18 Swimming and Diving Captains Back (L to R): Alexander Gliese, Philip Adejumo, Nikola Trajkovic Front: Natalie Davis, Allison Atkinson, Carly Waters

BALTIMORE, Md. – UMBC swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock has announced a group of student-athletes as captains for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Philip Adejumo (Elkridge, Md./Howard), Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia), and Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) have been chosen for the men's team, while Carly Waters (Crownsville, Md./Archbishop Spalding), Allison Atkinson (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding), and Natalie Davis (Austin, Texas) have been selected on the women's side.

"I am super excited for our future. We are looking forward to great leadership from these captains and all of our upper classmen," Cradock said. "Our leadership is important to us and we look forward to us and we look to them to be leaders by example while continuing to learn."

Adejumo was a finalist at the ECAC Championships in the 100 fly, where he placed third with a time of 48.67, while also helping UMBC to a third-straight CCSA Championship after he earned a second place in the event with a time of 48.53. He posted personal best times in the 100 free vs. Howard (48.57), 200 free (1:43.19 vs. Howard), and the 500 free at the CCSA Championships in a time of 4:34.65.

Trajkovic earned a gold medal at the CCSA Championships in the 200 IM, touching in with a time 1:48.04. He also finished second in the 400 IM with a time of 3:53.68 and seventh in the 200 breast, clocking in with a time of 2:02.60. At the ECAC Championship, Trajkovic placed first in the 50 back with a time of 23.42, while earning silver medals in the 200 IM (1:48.24) and 400 IM in a school-record time of 3:53.39, and fourth place in the 100 breast (55.65). He was also part of the 200 and 800 medley relay teams that earned gold at the meet. During the spring, the Serbian competed at the Danish Open, coming in second in the 400 IM with a lifetime-best time of 4:31.27; the time was also the fastest time this year for a Serbian swimmer by eight seconds and the second fastest time in all of Serbia. He also competed in four events at the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara, Calif.

Gliese was a two-time champion at the ECAC Championships, earning gold in the 100 back with a time of 48.16 and 200 back with a time of 1:44.73. He also helped UMBC win its third-straight CCSA Championship after placing first in the 200 back with a personal-best time of 1:44.59. He also placed second in the 100 back with a time of 47.90 and third in the 500 free with a time of 4:26.72. Gliese became the Danish national record holder in the 200 back at the Pro Swim Series, touching in with a time of 2:01.31 and beating the record by .06.

Waters helped the women win their third-straight America East Championship, placing third in the 1650 free, touching in with a personal best time of 17:01.90. She also was a finalist in the 500 free, placing seventh with a time of 4:58.32. Waters also competed in the 200 free, placing 11th with a time of 1:54.93. Against East Carolina this year, she placed third in the 1000 free with a time of 10:35.69, while also placing fourth in the 500 free with a time of 5:12.30.

Atkinson set personal bests at the Bucknell meet in the 50 fly, placing first and clocking in at a time of 26.86, and placed fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:12.54. She also placed fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 59.81. She also competed in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly at the America East Championships.

Davis finished the season with 10 top-five finishes, including a third place finish 400 IM at Bucknell with a time of 4:38.68. At the America East Championships, she earned top-10 placements in the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.51 and the 400 IM with a time of 4:33.58.