Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC men's swimming and diving team will make the trek to the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. for the 2015 CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association) Championships. The Retrievers will look to avenge their second place finish from a year ago, where they fell to reigning champs Incarnate Word.
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WHAT: 2015 CCSA Championships
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 18-Saturday Feb. 21
WHERE: Gabrielsen Natatorium- University of Georgia- Athens, Ga.
LIVE STREAM: CCSA Live Stream ($$$)
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Last Year at the CCSA Championships:
Competing at the team's first Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships, the UMBC men's swimming and diving team broke 12 of 20 school records and finished second overall as the meet concluded on Saturday evening at the University of Tennessee's Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
The Retrievers finished the meet with 844 points, trailing only conference champion University of the Incarnate Word who scored 886 points. Davidson finished in third with 632 points with Gardner-Webb (473 pts.) in fourth and NJIT (211 pts.) in fifth. VMI (172 pts.) and Howard (90 pts.) rounded out the standings in sixth and seventh, respectively.
UMBC head coach Chad Cradock was named the CCSA Male Swimming Coach of the Year while Retriever diving coach Petar Trifonov earned Male Diving Coach of the Year honors. Trifonov earned his award after his divers, juniors Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) swept the two diving competitions with Green taking home Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet honors. Green won the 3-meter event and finished second in the 1-meter board.
Senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College), who was named the America East and ECAC Most Outstanding Swimmer last year, added the CCSA Most Oustanding Swimmer of the Meet to his accolades following a record-breaking meet. In total, Hussein won two individual gold medals, one individual silver medal, two relay golds, and two relay silvers. He also achieved NCAA "B" cuts in each of his three individual events, plus the 100-yd. butterfly. In addition, he broke three individual school records while aiding five relay teams to new UMBC marks.
Last Time Out- East Carolina:
Andrew McKissick and Gregor Sporlein took gold in the 200 fly and 50 free. McKissick won the fly in a time of 1:55.29, while Sporlein won the sprint in 21.46. McKissick earned a second place finish in the 1000 free with a time of 9:44.15. Sporlein was just out-touched in the 200 free by seven tenths of a second.
Sporlein got UMBC going after the break with a win in the 100 free. Gregor touched the wall in 46.48. Freshman Miles Ruttan helped the Retriever cause, placing second in the 200 back with a time of 1:52.83.
Jonas Gutzat got his first win of the day in the 500 free. Gutzat finished with a time of 4:37.19. Jonas also took home gold in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.12, just edging Sporlein.
Ryan Green swept the diving competition for the Retrievers, scoring a 306.30 on the 1 meter and 299.47 on the 3 meter boards.
The meet would come down to the final relay for the men, and ECU just out lasted UMBC as the team of Kaei, Doll, Breen and Sporlein took second in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:04.92.
Following the conference meet, several Retrievers will compete in the 2015 ECAC Championships. This year's championships will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on Feb. 27-Mar. 1.