Retrievers Host CCSA North Invite This Weekend

Retrievers Host CCSA North Invite This Weekend


Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC swimming and diving teams will host the CCSA North Invitational this weekend, October 18-19. The teams are coming off of losses at Navy this past Wednesday. Both squads are 1-1 on the year.

Last Time Out:

The UMBC men and women both fell against Navy on Wednesday night in Annapolis. The men dropped a 151-138 decision, and the women fell 154.5-145.5.

On the men's side, UMBC took one of the relays, winning the 400 free relay. The quartet of Lauri KaeiTrevor DollJonas Gutzat, and Gregor Sporlein won with a time of 3:28.32. Andrew Schrantz and Nikola Trajkovic each picked up individual wins for the Retrievers. Schrantz was a winner in the 100 fly with a time of 58.87. Trajkovic won the 200 IM in 2:05.90. On the boards, both Ryan Green and Pak Lam Wong went one-two in the 1 and 3 meter dives. 

The women swept both relays on the day. Lauren Day, Amanda Day, Emily Escobedo and Kristie Langford won the 200 medley relay in 1:59.80. Catherine Frediani, Allison Atkinson, Allie Caulfield and Langford won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:58.90. Emily Escobedo paced the Retrievers with three individual wins. Emily was a winner in the 100 breast (1:11.73) and the 200 breast (2:33.78), as well as the 200 IM (2:21.78). Allie Caulfield was a dual winner, taking the 100 free (58.56) and the 200 free (2:06.56). Brenda Rhodes took home gold in the 400 free. Rhodes touched the wall at 4:28.22 for UMBC.

Chasing History:

Head Coach Chad Cradock is just five wins away from the 200 mark. Cradock could reach the mark this weekend, with any combination of five wins at the CCSA North Invite. Cradock has a 195-66-1 (.744) overall record in his 13 plus year tenure.

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 finished 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:

The Retrievers will be back in the pool next Saturday, October 25, when they travel to George Washington. The meet from the district with the Colonials begins at 1:00 p.m.