Baltimore, Md.—Retriever swimming and diving will head back to the pool, following their nearly month long hiatus. The teams will head down to Fairfax, Va. to take part in the Patriot Invitational this weekend, to close out the fall portion of the schedule.
About the Invitational:
The meet will span three days, November 20-22, and will feature both swimming and diving competitions. Preliminaries heats will take place starting at 10:00 a.m. each day, with the finals starting at 6:00 p.m. Teams participating include: American, George Washington, Howard, Richmond, Seton Hall, Shippensburg (DII), and UNC Wilmington.
Last Time Out:
The Retrievers took home victories over George Washington back on October 25. The men downed the Colonials, 149-120 and the women winning 160-134.
The men took home both relays on the day, starting off with the 200 medley relay. The team of Lauri Kaei, Leo Endres, Philip Adejumo, and Gregor Sporlein won in a time of 1:34.79. The Retrievers ended the day with a win in the 400 free relay. Kaei and Sporlein teamed up with Jonas Gutzat and Rob Breen to take first in 3:08.06.
Jonas Gutzat, Gregor Spoerlein, and Leo Endres each won two events on the day. Gutzat was a winner in the 200 free (1:42.87) and 500 free (4:40.45); while Spoerlein won the 50 free (21.03) and 100 free (46.40). Endres took home first in the 100 breast (58.44) and 200 breast (2:08.64). Nikola Trajkovic was a winner in the 100 back with a time of 53.07 and the 200 IM in 1:54.23. Freshman Mile Ruttan picked up a win in the 200 back. Ruttan touched the wall in 1:56.19. Adejumo rounded out the individual winners with a win in the 100 fly (51.91).
Ryan Green won the 1 meter dive with a score of 328.20 and the 3 meter with a tally of 352.28.
On the women's side, UMBC got a relay win in the final event of the day, the 400 free relay. The quartet of Kristie Langford, Allison Atkinson, Courtney Hadden and Allie Caulfield won with a time of 3:37.19.
Emily Escobedo, Allie Caulfield, and Brenda Rhodes each won two events to pace the Retrievers on the day. Escobedo was a winner in the 100 breast in a time of 1:06.45 and the 200 breast in 2:20.20. Caulfield continued her strong freshman campaign with wins in the 100 and 200 free. Allie touched the wall in 53.94 and 1:55.49 respectively. Rhodes took home first in both distance events, winning the 1000 free in 10:26.19 and the 500 free in 5:08.87.
Coco Darelius had another monster day on the boards. She won the 1 meter dive with a score of 294.98 setting a new school record in the process, before shattering her own school record in the 3 meter dive. Coco previously had set the bar 300.60 last weekend, before scoring a 324.00 at George Washington. Coco broke Ashley Houghton's record of 281.48 on the 1 meter boards.
Last Year at the Patriot Invitational:
The UMBC men finished the three-day invitational in third-place out of eight teams with 713 pts, while the Retriever women place sixth out of nine squads with 354.5 pts. George Mason swept the men's and women's competitions with the Patriot men scoring 963 pts. and the GMU women winning with 923 pts.
On the men's side, Mohamed Hussein and Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) led the way earning medals in several events. Sporlein medaled in the 100 free and 200 free, while Hussein medaled in the 200 back, 200 IM, 200 free and 100 back. The tandem teamed up for medals in the 800 free and 200 medley relays.
Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) led the women with medals in the 400 IM and 100 breast competitions.
Records Are Made to Be Broken:
Head Coach Chad Cradock earned his 200th win last weekend at the CCSA North Invitational. Cradock has an overall record of 200-66-1 (.749) over his 14 seasons at UMBC. Coco Darelius also broke a school record during the CCSA North Invite. Coco scored a 300.60 on the 3 meter boards, breaking Ashley Houghton's previous record of 300.16 set back in 2006.
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 two also took home the awards this past week for the week ending 10/19. Coco Darelius and Emily Escobedo won America East Swimmer and Diver of the week honors this past week.
On the Horizon:
The Retrievers will return to the pool on January, 10, 2015 when they host Howard on Senior/Alumni Day. The meet with the Bison begins at 1:00 p.m. from the UMBC Aquatic Complex.