UMBC Swimming and Diving Returns to Action at the Patriot Invitational This Weekend

UMBC Swimming and Diving Returns to Action at the Patriot Invitational This Weekend

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC swimming and diving will return after a week off at the annual Patriot Invitational, hosted by George Mason this Thursday through Saturday. Both the men and women are coming off wins against Old Dominion on Nov. 5, where Emily Escobedo set another pool record, this time in the 200 breast.

Patriot Invitational Info:

What: 2016 George Mason Patriot Invitational

Where: Jim McKay Natatorium – Fairfax, Va.

When: Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 – Prelims at 10 a.m., finals at 6 p.m. each day

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Last Time Out (Old Dominion):

UMBC swimming and diving raced past Old Dominion on Saturday, as the men won 167-124 , while the women were 158-130 winners. Senior Emily Escobedo broke another pool record, this time in the 200 breast, breaking the mark that Masami Tanaka set in 2004.

The UMBC men and women kicked off the meet with wins in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of Lauren DayEmily EscobedoAmanda Day and Emily Vance took first in a time of 1:46.32, while Alexander Gliese, Luis Galvan, Philip Adejumo and Gregor Spoerlein won in 1:32.61, just missing the pool record by .18 seonds.

On the women's side, Hania Moro and Emily Escobedo once again led the Dawgs with three and two individual wins each. Moro took both distance freestyle events, with wins in the 1,000 (10:22.86) and the 500 (5:02.89) while taking the 200 free in a time of 1:52.00.

Escobedo once again left her mark in the pool, this time with a pool record in the 200 breast. She would win the race in 2:12.95, breaking the mark that Masami Tanaka set back in 2004 of 2:13.20. The senior would go on to win the 100 breast in a time of 1:03.18.

Other Retriever winners on the women's side included Haylee Committe (50 free, 24.96), Alissa Caulfield (100 free, 53.80), and Amanda Day (100 fly, 58.45).

UMBC closed the meet with a win in the 400 free relay as Escobedo, Committe , Caulfield and Moro took first in a time of 3:34.25.

On the boards, Abby Biddulph swept both the one meter and three meter dive with scores of 233.40 and 204.52. 

The men were led by a quartet of dual winners that includes Haythem Abdelkhalek, Gregor Spoerlein, Philip Adejumo and Ahmed Wahby. Abdelkhalek earned victories in both distance freestyle events with times of 9:30.49 in the 1,000 and 4:38.46 in the 500. Spoerlein swept the sprint freestyle races with wins in the 50 (21.20) and 100 (46.12). Wahby and Adejumo won their respective disciplines in the backstroke and butterfly. Wabhy won gold in the 100 back in 51.09 and the 200 back in 1:50.80, while Adejumo was a winner in the 100 fly (50.12) and 200 fly (1:52.73).

Other Retriever male winners include Ilia Rattsev (200 free, 1:40.18), Luis Galvan (200 breast, 2:06.34) and Nikola Trajkovic (200 IM, 1:52.96). The Retrievers closed out the meet on a high note, taking the 400 free relay, as Rattsev, Wahby, Jared Vance and Spoerlein won in a time of 3:07.72.

Weekly Honors:

Seven different Retrievers have earned conference swimmer of diver of the week awards thus far in the 2016-17 season. The men have seen Ahmed Wahby (Maadi, Egypt), Gregor Spoerlein (Bamberg, Germany), Haythem Abdelkhalek (Ariana, Tunisia) and Philip Adejumo (Elkridge, Md./Howard) earn CCSA Swimmer of the Week once with Elijah Wright (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) being named Diver of the Week twice.

Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) has been named America East Swimmer of the Week four times this year, with Abby Biddulph (Egg Harbor City, N.J./Absegami) earning Diver of the Week the past two weeks.

Up Next: 

The Retrievers will have the rest of the semester off before traveling to Florida for their annual training trip in December. Following the start of the new year, the Retrievers will host Howard on Alumni/Senior Day at 1 p.m. at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.