Green and Sporlein Earn CCSA Honors; UMBC Returns to Action on Wednesday at Navy

Green and Sporlein Earn CCSA Honors; UMBC Returns to Action on Wednesday at Navy


Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC swimming and diving teams travel to Annapolis for a midweek meet against Navy. The Retrievers are coming off wins against Rider on Saturday. Both senior Ryan Green (Ellitcott City, Md./Centennial) and sophomore Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium) earned CCSA Diver and Swimmer of the Week honors on Tuesday.

Last Time Out:

UMBC took home a pair of victories on Homecoming Weekend against Rider at the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The men defeated the Broncs 158-125, while the women were 156-115 victors.

On the men's side, the meet was highlighted by Sporlein, who swept the freestyle competitions. Gregor won the 50 free (21.10), 100 free (46.09) and 200 free (1:40.60). Green was a winner on the 1 meter boards, scoring 276.15.

The women were led by freshman Allie Caulfield (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales), who was also a three time winner on the day. Caulfield also won the freestyle events with the 50 free (24.73), 100 free (53.33) and 200 free (1:56.14). Junior Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) swept the diving competitions with a score of 261.60 on the 1 meter and 228.37 on the 3 meter boards.

Last Year with the Midshipmen:

Navy defeated both the men and women at the UMBC Aquatic Complex a year ago. The men fell 154.5-145.5, while the women lost 163-137.

Evan Carey (50 free, 100 free) and Mohamed Hussein (100 back, 200 IM) each won two events apiece for the Retriever men. Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) was a winner in the 200 free, as well as the winning relay teams.

Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) picked up two wins against the Mids a year ago. Escobedo was a winner in the 200 breast and 200 IM against Navy. Corinna Darelius won the 3 meter dive, while Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario, CDCI West) was a winner in the 200 free.

Chasing a Record:

Head Coach Chad Cradock is just five wins away from career win number 200. Cradock could achieve the feat this weekend at the CCSA North Invite. 

CCSA Honors:

Gregor Sporlein and Ryan Green took home CCSA Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors for the week ending 10/12. Both Sporlein and Green were key contributors to UMBC's 158-125 victory over Rider on Saturday, October 11.


The men welcome 12 freshmen to campus for the 2014-15 season. Coach Cradock has brought in a number of individuals who will look to make an immediate impact for the Retrievers. Of those freshmen, five come surrounding areas of Maryland, while Cradock has also gone overseas to bring in a trio of international swimmers.

On the women's side, ten rookies will enter the pool for the Retrievers. Half of the incoming class (Allison Atkinson, Allie Caulfield, Brooke St. Martin, Carly Waters, and Katie Young) all reside from the state of Maryland.  Rory McKenna (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown West) will come in a look to make an immediate impact on the boards.

Key Returners

The Retrievers will return several swimmers and divers who had strong showings at the conference meets a year ago.

On the men's side, seniors Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Pak Lam Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) swept the diving events at the CCSA Championships. Green took home gold in the 3 meters, while Wong won the 1meter event.

In the pool, senior Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) took home silver in the 1,650 free, while sophomore Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) finished in seventh. Sophomore Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) won gold in the 100 free, with senior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) earned bronze in the event.

The women will have junior Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) return from her NCAA appearance on the diving boards. Darelius swept both disciplines at the America East Championships last season.

Juniors Stephanie Romano (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Towson) and Courtney Hadden (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) will return after strong showings at the conference meet a year ago. Senior Lexi Coon (Camden, Del./Medford), junior Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West) and sophomore Hannah Sutherland (Kingston, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) will also be key contributors to the Retrievers this year.

2013-14 in Review

Last year saw several Retrievers make an impact and take the team to new heights. Emily Escobedo represented the Retrievers at the NCAA Championships, becoming the third female and fourth swimmer overall to compete at the national meet. Several other swimmers competed in national competition, including three men (Ryan Green, Tim Perkins and Pak Lam Wong) and Darelius who competed at NCAA Zones.

The UMBC women posted a 4-3 record in dual meets and then finished second for the third straight year at the America East Championships. During the year, the Retrievers earned wins against Rider, George Washington, Howard, and Catawba. At the America East Championships, freshman Emily Escobedo won two gold medals, as well as a bronze medal, to earn the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award.  She was also named the Most Outstanding Rookie.

After a successful 5-2 dual meet season, which included a road win at Old Dominion, the UMBC men inished in second place at the team's first CCSA Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. During the year, the Retrievers earned wins against Rider, George Washington, Old Dominion, Howard, and Catawba. At the CCSA Championships, the UMBC team broke 12 of 20 program records while finishing second behind the University of the Incarnate Word.  The Retrievers swept the four major coaching and athlete awards at the meet (see below).

Rookie Steals the Show

Sophomore Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) had a break out year for the Retrievers in 2013-14. She became the third female, and fourth swimmer overall, in program history to advance to the NCAA Championships, competing in the 200-yd. IM, 100- and 200-yd. breaststroke events at the national meet in Minneapolis. She finished in 52nd in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.52 at the NCAA Championships. Emily was named America East Most Outstanding Female Swimmer and Most Outstanding Rookie.  

On the Horizon:

UMBC returns home on Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19 when they host the CCSA North Invite. The invitational will feature three other CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association) teams in Gardner Webb, NJIT, and VMI. The meet will commence on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.