Athens, Ga.-- UMBC men's swimming and diving team avenged their second place finish to Incarnate Word from a year ago, by winning the 2015 CCSA Championship on Saturday. The Retrievers started the weekend strong, and finished the same way, winning by almost 200 points.
Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) and Jonas Gutzat (Lappersdorf, Germany/BBS Nuernberg) started off the final day going two-three in the 1650 free. Breen finished in a time of 15:32.50, while Gutzat went 15:32.50. Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazija) and freshman Mile Ruttan (Ottawa, Ontario/John McCrae) went two and three in the 200 back. Trajkovic touched the wall in 1:47.58, while Ruttan went 1:48.48.
Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium) and Trevor Doll (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill) continued the strong day for the Retrievers with a second and third place finish in the 100 free. Sporlein finished in 44.30, while Doll was right behind him in 45.35.
The Retrievers swept the podium in the 200 breast with Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) taking gold. Endres broke the school record with a time of 1:58.05. Luca Santinelli (Via Alfieri, Italy/Liceo Scientifico) finished second in 1:59.93, while Kyle Paxton (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) went third in 2:02.30.
The final event was the 400 free relay, which solidified the championship for UMBC. The Retriever quartet of Sporlein, Doll, Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and Breen took gold in a time of 2:59.04.
UMBC finished with 994 points to win the title. Defending champ Incarnate Word finished in second with 778 points. Gardner-Webb (690 points), NJIT (292 points), VMI (224 points), and Howard (160 points) rounded out the field.
Nikola Trajkovic won Freshman of the Year, and Petar Trifonov won Diving Coach of the Year on Saturday. Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) won Diver of the Year after sweeping both disciplines this weekend. The conference also put out their All-Academic Honorees on Saturday. Below are the Retrievers who made the list.
|Philip Adejumo||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||FR|
|Robert Breen||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||SR|
|Charles Brother||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||SR|
|Daniel Cano Hueros||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||JR|
|Leo Endres||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||JR|
|Andrew Femiano||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||FR|
|Jonas Gutzat||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||FR|
|Lauri Kaei||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||SR|
|Bryan Mattingly||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||FR|
|Douglas McCord||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||JR|
|Kyle Paxton||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||FR|
|Steven Rigby||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||SO|
|W. Miles Ruttan||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||FR|
|Andrew Schrantz||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||SO|
|Gregor Spoerlein||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||SO|
|Alex Stewart||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||SO|
|Nikola Trajkovic||University of Maryland, Baltimore County||FR|