Retriever Men Win Patriot Invitational; Women Take Sixth on Saturday

Retriever Men Win Patriot Invitational; Women Take Sixth on Saturday


Fairfax, Va.—UMBC swimming and diving had a huge night on the final day of the Patriot Invitational on Saturday, as the men came from behind, winning the meet with a first place finish in the 400 free relay. The win gave the Retrievers a first place finish, as the women took sixth, led by Emily Escobedo.

The Retriever men won the meet with 710 points, just edging Drexel with 704. Seton Hall and UNCW went three-four with 669 and 638 points each. George Mason (538.5), Florida Atlantic (512.5), American (159) and Shippensburg (72) rounded out the field.

The quartet of  Ilia Rattsev, Ahmed Wahby, Connor Ganley and Gregor Spoerlein in a time of 2:59.92, breaking the meet record in the process. The 40 points the team got from the win propelled them into first place, ahead of Drexel who had been leading the whole meet.

Individually, Haythem Abdelkhalek finished third in the 1,650 free in the first individual race of the day, touching in at 15:50.61. Both Connor Ganley and Jared Vance took first in their respective finals of the 100 IM. Ganley won the A finals in 52.14, while Vance won the B finals in 54.19.

Wahby earned a pair ndividual medals, both bronze, in the 200 back with a time of 1:49.04 and 200 fly in 1:50.43. Spoerlein and Rattsev went one-three in the 100 free with times of 45.13 and 45.40 respectively.

On the women's side, UNCW won with 848 points, just ahead of Drexel with 839 and the host Patriots with 577.5. Seton Hall (537) and Richmond (364.5) placed just ahead of UMBC (348) in sixth. Florida Atlantic (182), American (155) and Shippensburg (150) rounded out the nine-team field.

Emily Escobedo continued her strong run of success in her senior season, as she followed up her school record last night in the 100 fly, by tying the meet record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.94, hitting an NCAA B cut.

Hania Moro earned a fifth place finish in the 1,650 free to kick off the day, clocking in at 17:16.40. Aleasha Knight took gold in the B final of the 200 back, touching the wall in a time of 2:04.38.

Escobedo and Moro teamed up with Haylee Committe and Laura Massicotte in the 400 free relay to a fourth place finish to lead the Retriever women. The foursome finished the race in a time of 3:30.23.

The Retrievers will head to Florida in December for their annual training trip, before hosting Howard on Alumni/Senior Day on January 7 at 1 p.m.