BALTIMORE – UMBC swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock has announced the schedule for the 2014-15 season.
"We are very excited for this season," head coach Chad Cradock said. "With the addition of the CCSA North Invite and creating rivals it looks like we have a great season ahead of us."
The Retrievers look to build on their second place finished from a year ago, as both the men and women finished second in the CCSA and America East respectively. The 2014-15 edition of the schedule features four home meets, including the CCSA North Invite in mid-October.
UMBC kicks off the year with an exhibition meet against Bucknell on October 5. The Retrievers and Bison will get the season started in Lewisburg, Pa.at 1:00 p.m. The following week will see the first scored meet of the year, as UMBC host the Broncs of Rider University on the 11th at 1:00 pm. Just a few days later, the Retrievers travel to Annapolis to take on Navy at 4:00 p.m. Last season, both the men and women fell to the Midshipmen in Baltimore.
The two teams will host the CCSA North Invite on October 18-19. UMBC welcomes Gardner Webb, NJIT, and VMI to the pool as the four schools face off in the two day event. Rounding out the month of October will be George Washington. The Colonials were defeated by both teams a year ago, and this time will meet in our nation's capital.
The lone November meet will see the Retrievers travel to Fairfax, Virginia to take part in the George Mason Patriot Invitational. UMBC will take part in the three day event, after sophomores Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) and Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) each took home silver medals in the 100 free and 200 breast respectively.
The Retrievers close out the regular season with home meets against Howard on January 10 and East Carolina on the 24th. The two senior day meets begin at 1:00 p.m. A year ago, both the men and women downed the Bison before losing to the Pirates.
The UMBC men will start the postseason at the CCSA Championships from Athens, Georgia on February 18-21. Last year the men finished in second place with 844 points, just 22 points behind Incarnate Word. Following the trip down south, UMBC heads back north to Pittsburgh to compete in the ECAC Championships. The three day event begins on February 27 and runs through March 1. Then the divers get their shot at NCAA gold at the NCAA Zone Championships on March 9-11 in New Brunswick, N.J. The Retriever men close out the season at the NCAA Championships on March 26-28 in Iowa City, Iowa.
The women will have their chance at conference redemption on February 12-15 at the America East Championships. Last season, the Retrievers finished second behind New Hampshire. Emily Escobedo and junior Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) swept the conference awards. Escobedo won both Swimmer and Rookie of the Year, as Darelius won Diver of the Year. Following the conference championships, the women will join the men at the ECAC Championships, as well as the NCAA Zone Diving and NCAA Championships.