We have reached the top ten on the #retreiver50for50 countdown, and we start with a current Retriever who has made a name for herself not only regionally, but nationally as well. Current senior Emily Escobedo will look to continue her dominance in the pool this winter, but lands on the countdown for what she achieved on March 19, 2016 at the NCAA Championships where she finished third in the 200 breast, earning All-American honors.
The New Rochelle, N.Y. native started her career with a bang, earning Swimmer and Rookie of the Year in the America East, earning a trip to the NCAA Championships. She followed that up with yet another Swimmer of the Year accolade and return trip to the NCAA Championships, becoming the first Retriever swimmer to make multiple trips to the meet.
Escobedo would solidify her spot as one of, if not the best swimmer in school history this past year, earning her third America East Swimmer of the Year award, and a third trip to the NCAA Championships. She started the meet with a 23rd place finish in the 200 IM, she followed that up by clinching a spot in the B Finals of the 100 breaststroke event.
During the race, she took seventh (15th) overall, earning Honorable Mention All-American status. She would not stop there however. The very next morning she tied for second in the prelims of the 200 breast, earning a spot in the A Finals of the event later that night. With the ESPN cameras rolling, Escobedo would finish the finals race in third place, earning bronze and finishing behind future Olympic gold medalist Lilly King of Indiana.
For her efforts in the 200 breast, Escobedo earned All-American honors, the first by a Retriever and America East swimmer. SwimSwam.com called the race, "One of the best swims we have seen from a mid-major swimmer this year."
Emily finished with a total of 18 points, placing 29th on the final team results. Georgia won the team championship, finishing with 414 points just ahead of Stanford with 395 points. Defending champs Cal finished third with 358 points, as Texas A&M (309) and Virginia (264) rounded out the top five. UMBC finished ahead of big name schools, as Arizona State (16), Northwestern (15), Auburn (14), Harvard (11), Kansas (11), Air Force (11), Denver (10), Iowa (9), Nebraska (7), Miami (Fla.) (6), SMU (6), Pittsburgh (4), Hawaii (4), Wyoming (3), Eastern Michigan (3), Cincinnati (2), Florida Gulf Coast (1) and Rutgers (1) all finished below the Retrievers, including Auburn who has won a national championship.
Earlier this summer Escobedo competed at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials, finishing tenth in the 200 breast. NBCSN broadcast that event live to the nation.
Emily has earned CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) Honorable All-American accolades, as well as earning America East All-Academic Team nods.
Can't wait for the 2016-17 season!