UMBC Men’s Swimming and Diving Heads to the CCSA Championships This Weekend Looking to Repeat as Champions

UMBC Men’s Swimming and Diving Heads to the CCSA Championships This Weekend Looking to Repeat as Champions

CCSA Championship Info

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC men's swimming and diving heads to Athens, Ga. looking to defend their CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) crown Thursday through Saturday at the University of Georgia. The conference also came out with their list of All-Academic honorees, which saw the Retrievers place 21 swimmers and divers on the list.

Meet Info:

What: 2016 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships

When: Wednesday, Feb. 17-Saturday, Feb. 20 – Prelims 10 a.m., Finals 6 p.m.

Where: Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia (Gabrielsen Natatorium)

Social Media: @UMBCSwimDive, @CCSA_Swim_Dive, #StrengthInNumbers

Last Time Out (Howard):

The Retrievers won every race, en route to victories against Howard on Senior/Alumni Day, with the men winning 100-79.

The Retriever men picked up a relay win in the 200 medley relay, with Alexander Gilese, Leo Mercer, Gregor Spoerlein, and Darnell Yarberough clocking in at 1:34.27.

Individually, Connor Ganley opened things up with a win in the 1,000 free, touching in at 9:59.71. Gregor Spoerlein (200 free, 1:42.36), Andrew Sanchez (50 free, 21.57) and Ahmed Wahby (200 IM, 1:55.59) all picked up wins before the first break.

Other Retrievers winners include John Stupey (200 fly, 1:58.44), Wahby (100 free, 47.68), Gliese (200 back, 1:49.83),  and Nikola Trajkovic (500 free, 4:42.62/200 breast, 2:09.64).

The Retrievers finshed the meet with a win in the 200 free relay. Spoerlein, Bryan Mattingly, Yarberough and Sanchez finished in a time of 1:26:94.

On the boards, Elijah Wright swept both diving disciplines with scores of 280.12 on the 1 meter and 259.35 on the 3 meter.

Last Year at the Championships:

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.

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.

CCSA All-Academic Honorees:

Twenty-one Retrievers earned a spot on the CCSA All-Academic team, the conference announced on Tuesday. The Retrievers who made the list were; Phillip Adejumo, Daniel Cano, John Carroll, Leo Endres, Connor Ganley, Alexander Gliese, Chance King, Ali Lambert, Bryan Mattingly, Garrett Mazziotti, Andrew McKissick, Leo Mercer, Felix Richtsfeld, Steven Rigby, Miles Ruttan, Andrew Schrantz, Thomas Shorter, Gregor Spoerlein, Nikola Trajkovic and Ross Welsh.

Up Next:

Several Retrievers will head to the ECAC Championships on Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28 in Annapolis, Md.