UMBC Retains First Place Following Day Two of CCSA Championships

UMBC Retains First Place Following Day Two of CCSA Championships


Athens, Ga.—The UMBC men's swimming and diving team took four the five events contested on the day to retain first place with 303 points. Incarnate Word sits in second with 263 points going into the third day of competition.

The Retrievers opened up with Jonas Gutzat (Lappersdorf, Germany/BBS Nuernberg) winning the 500 free with a time of 4:22.17. Not only was the time good enough for the win, he broke the school and meet record, while also qualifying for an NCAA B cut. Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazija) earned a gold medal in the 200 IM with a time of 1:46.66. The mark earned him an NCAA B cut as well.

Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium) kept the winning ways going by setting a new school record in the 50 free. Gregor touched the wall in 20.26 to break his record of 20.29 he set last season. The other victory for the Retrievers came on the diving boards, as senior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) won the 3 meter dive, successfully retaining his crown with a score of 342.65. Fellow classmate Pak Lam Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) placed third with a score of 269.55.

The last event of the day was the 200 free relay. The quartet of Trevor Doll (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill), Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep), and Sporlein took third with a time of 1:21.61. Gardner-Webb took first in the event, touching the wall in 1:20.68.

UMBC sits in first with 303 points. Incarnate Word is right behind the Retrievers with 263 points. Gardner-Webb (241 points), NJIT (132 points), VMI (109 points), and Howard (32 points) round out the six team field.

The event commences tomorrow with day three of four, starting with prelims at 10:00 a.m. Final heats will begin at 6:00 p.m., starting with 400 IM.