Swimming and Diving Opens 2018-19 Season Against Johns Hopkins and Delaware

Photo by Zoë Pekins
Photo by Zoë Pekins

BALTIMORE – The UMBC swimming and diving teams will open their official season on Saturday, October 6 as they welcome the Delaware Blue Hens and Johns Hopkins Blue Jays for a 1 p.m. meet. The Retrievers competed in a non-scored meet against the Bucknell Bison last Saturday.

WHAT: UMBC Retrievers vs. Delaware Blue Hens and Johns Hopkins Blue Jays

WHERE: Baltimore, Md. – UMBC Aquatics Complex

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6 – 1:00 p.m.

Women's 200 Medley Relay:
Emily Vance, Maddy Popalis, Sotiria Neofytou, Haylee Committe (1:47.18)

Men's 200 Medley Relay: Alexander Gliese, Luis Galvan Cardenas, Jack Carlisle, Ilia Rattsev (1:32.02)

Mixed 400 Free Relay: Satori Dobbie, Hania Moro, Laura Massicotte, Ross Welsh (3:23.87)


Matt Bennici: 50 (23.45), 100 fly (51.75), 200 fly (1:54.29)

Ryan Bugianesi: 400 IM (4:12.39)

Committe: 100 free (53.09)

Galvan Cardenas: 50 breast (27.08), 100 breast (58.30), 200 breast (2:07.80)

Gliese: 50 back (23.42), 100 back (50.21), 200 back (1:47.92)

Natalija Marin: 50 fly (26.63), 100 fly (57.94), 200 fly (2:05.62)

Massicotte: 200 IM (2:10.04)

Lily McCoy: 50 breast (31.45), 200 breast (2:27.64)

Moro: 500 free (5:00.44)

Popalis: 50 free (25.22), 100 breast (1:06.58)

Rattsev: 50 free (20.87), 100 free (45.46), 200 free (1:42.08)

Emily Vance: 100 back (58.87)

Kai Wisner: 500 free (4:43.92)


The Retrievers welcome 23 freshman to the team this year, with 10 on the women's side and 13 on the men's side.

The women welcome McCoy (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore), Emma Bridges (Foxboro, Mass./Foxboro), Mya Loniewski (Redford, Mich./Mercy), Tonia Papaetrou (Nicosia, Cyprus/Lyceum Sciences Life Sciences Informatics Tech), Caroline Sargent (Trumbull, Conn./The Academy of Our Lady of Mercy), Sophia Smith (Olathe, Kansas/Olathe East), Madeleine Songer (Hermitage, Pa./Sharon), Courtney Spelman (Monrovia, Md./Urbana), and Maren Weathersby (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle). Neofytou (Limassol, Cyrpus/Lanitio Likeio) joins the team as a transfer from the University of Indianapolis.

The men add Bennici (Walkersville, Md/Walkersville), Bugianesi (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), Dobbie (Christchurch, New Zealand/Middleton Grange), Tiago Asakawa (Sumare, Brazil/Colegio Avanco), Troy Baker (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima),  Thomas Cangelosi (Sugar Hill, Ga./North Gwinnett), Sebastian Chang (Boyds, Md./Northwest), Jimmy Dwyer (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South), Mac Hoskins (Columbia, Md./Mount St. Joseph's), Ryan Lawson (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Tappan Zee (N.Y.)), Collin Mood (Frederick, Md./Oakdale), Kai Vilbig (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley), and Luka Zuric (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville).


Last season, the men's program captured their first America East title since 2013 as they racked up a conference-record 1,113 points.

The men return Gliese, Rattsev, Galvan Cardenas, and Haythem Abdelkhalek, who each broke UMBC and America East records at the conference championships last season, as well as Wisner.

On the women's side, Moro, Marin, Vance, Massicotte, Committe, and Popalis, along with Britt Driscoll and Kelly Lajoie, all helped the women mount an almost comeback at the America East Championships, as the Retrievers finished 4.5 points behind the champion New Hampshire Wildcats.

UMBC swept the Rookie of the Year awards, with Wisner and Marin each bringing home the hardware, while Rattsev took home Male Outstanding Swimmer.