Athens, Ga.—The UMBC men's swimming team kicked off the 2015 CCSA Championships with a bang on Wednesday. The Retrievers won the 800 free relay, and finished second in the 200 medley relay.
The only two contested events for the men were the 800 free and 200 medley relays on Wednesday. The UMBC quartet of Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium), Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazija), Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep), and Jonas Gutzat (Lappersdorf, Germany/BBS Nuernberg) took gold with a time of 6:30.65. That time was almost a full three seconds faster than runner up Incarnate Word.
In the 200 medley relay, the foursome of Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), Andrew Schrantz (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot), and Trevor Doll (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill) took second place, finishing just one second behind Gardner-Webb. The quartet touched the wall with a time of 1:29.39.
After day one of competition, UMBC (74 points) holds a slim two point lead over second place Gardner-Webb (72 points). NJIT (60 points), VMI (56 points), Incarnate Word (34 points) and Howard (32 points) round out the six team men's field.
Day two of the championships begins at 10:00 a.m. with prelims and finals starting at 6:00 p.m.