NEW YORK – UMBC Swimming and diving rising sophomore Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) will be featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the June 23 issue of Sports Illustrated, the publication announced on Monday. The issue began hitting newsstands and mailboxes on Wednesday, June 18.
McKissick won the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim for the second consecutive year back on Sunday, June 8. The Retriever swimmer bested the field of over 600 competitors in the 4.4-mile open-water swim with a time of just under 90 minutes (1:29:35), which also beats his winning time of 1:31.46 from 2013.
The 23rd edition of the swim saw 606 competitors finish the race which started on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park and finished on the beaches of Kent Island.
"It was a little better the second time around," said McKissick. "I tried a little different strategy of going out strong and holding on, as opposed to building into it, and it worked."
McKissick is the first UMBC athlete to be featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section, which has been published every week in Sports Illustrated since 1956.
"It is a great honor to be recognized in a national publication like Sports Illustrated," said UMBC swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for Andrew and our program at UMBC."