Baltimore, Md.—UMBC swimming and diving returns to the pool after successfully defending their conference championships the previous two weekends. Several Retrievers broke school records, including Emily Escobedo, who earned her third straight Most Outstanding Swimmer award at the America East Championships. Coco Darelius (Diver of the Year, America East), Felix Richtsfeld (Male Freshman of the Year, CCSA), and Head Coach Chad Cradock (Male Coach of the Year, CCSA) also earned major awards.
What: 2016 ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships
When: Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28
Where: Lejeune Hall, U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, Md.
Social Media: @UMBCSwimDive, #StrengthInNumbers
CCSA Championship Recap:
For the second straight year the UMBC men's swimming and diving team took home the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Championship title. With two new men's teams, Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic, added to the conference this season, the road to a conference championship proved to be a difficult challenge.
UMBC sat In third place after day one of the meet, but the Retrievers made a big move on day two and moved up to second place. The defending champs produced an amazing day on the third day, and took the lead in the championships after a huge night in the pool. On Saturday, the Retrievers held off the competition and came away with the title.
-INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS by day of the Meet
-GREGOR SPOERLEIN – 200FREE
-LEO ENDRES – 100BREAST
-AHMED WAHBY – 200BACK
-LEO ENDRES – 200BREAST
INDIVIDUAL TEAM RECORDS
-50 FREESTYLE – GREGOR SPOERLEIN 20.05
-100 BREASTSTROKE – LEO ENDRES 54.16
-CCSA MALE FRESHMAN SWIMMER OF THE YEAR – FELIX RICHTSFELD
-CCSA MALE COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR – UMBC
TOP 10 ALL TIME SWIMS
America East Championship Recap:
UMBC swimming and diving defended their America East Championship on Sunday in grand fashion. Junior Emily Escobedo won her third straight Most Outstanding Swimmer award, while making UMBC history in the process.
After trailing the University of New Hampshire for the first two days of competition, the Retrievers took command after an amazing night in the pool on the third day. An extremely strong preliminary session on Saturday put the team on cruise control, heading to the evening session.
In addition to Escobedo winning Most Outstanding Swimmer, senior Coco Darelius earned Most Outstanding Diver after winning the 3 meter dive, and placing second on the 1 meter board.
UMBC won with 885.5 points. New Hampshire took second with 824.5 points, as Vermont (636.5), Maine (448) and Binghamton (329.5) rounded out the field.
Second-place UNH had more individual champions, but the outstanding depth of the Retriever squad was the key to claiming the championship.
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS by day of the Meet
-EMILY ESCOBEDO – 200IM
-EMILY ESCOBEDO – 100BREAST
-LAUREN DAY – 100BACK
-COCO DARELIUS – 2MTR DIVING
-EMILY ESCOBEDO – 200BREAST
-CATHERINE FREDIANI – 200FLY
RELAY CHAMPIONS by day of the Meet
-200MEDLEY RELAY – LAUREN DAY, EMILY ESCOBEDO, AMANDA DAY, KRISTIE LANGFORD
-400MEDLEY RELAY – LAUREN DAY, EMILY ESCOBEDO, AMANDA DAY, KRISTIE LANGFORD
INDIVIDUAL TEAM RECORDS
-200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – EMILY ESCOBEDO 1:57.03
-100 BREASTSTROKE – EMILY ESCOBEDO 1:00.05
-200 BREASTSTROKE – EMILY ESCOBEDO 2:06.21
RELAY TEAM RECORDS
-200 MEDLEY RELAY – LAUREN DAY, EMILY ESCOBEDO, AMANDA DAY, KRISTIE LANGFORD 1:41.26
-DIVER OF THE MEET – COCO DARELIUS
-SWIMMER OF THE MEET – EMILY ESCOBEDO
TOP 10 ALL TIME SWIMS
-29 NEW SWIMS
Last Year at the ECAC Championships:
Freshman Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazjia) won the 200 IM swimming the sixth fastest time in the prelims, at 1:50.69. He improved greatly on that mark, swimming a 1:48.14, just edging out Binghamton's Ruan Zorgman.
The women saw Amanda Day earn a third place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 56.06. Hannah Sutherland finished sixth in the event, touching the wall in a time of 57.06. Cassie Jordan and Kristie Langford went three-four in the consolation heat of the 100 breast. Jordan finished in 1:06.61, while Langford ended in 1:06.81.
Lauren Day finished the day with an eighth place finish in the 100 back. Day finished in a time of 57.22. Escobedo contiuned her strong run as a Retriever, breaking a school and ECAC record in the 200 breaststroke. Emily swam a 2:09.66 in the prelims to earn the mark, and won the championship race in a time of 2:09.88.
Hannah Sutherland earned a seventh place finish in the 200 back with a time of 2:05.18 in the championship heat. Teammate Lauren Day finished fourth in the consolation heat with a time of 2:07.53. Kristie Langford earned sixth place finish in the consolation heat of 100 back. Langford touched the wall in 52.47.
The men saw Mark Tracy lead things off with a fourth place finish in the 100 fly in the consolation heat. Tracy ended his career with a time of 49.94, as he broke the 50 second mark for the first time. Leo Endres earned a second place finish, breaking the school mark in the 100 breast. Endres touched the wall in 54.53. Nikola Trajkovic continued his strong weekend, placing fourth in the event with a time of 55.45.
Endres had a strong showing in the 200 breast, finishing just 11 hundreths of a second behind the winner Ruan Zorgman of Binghamton. Nikola Trajkovic placed fifth in the consolation heat with a time of 2:06.53.
The UMBC divers will take center stage at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Annapolis. The diving championships will run from Monday, March 7 through Wednesday, March 9.