Swimming and Diving Teams Commence '19-'20 Campaigns at Home in October

Photo by Zoe Pekins
Photo by Zoe Pekins

2019-20 Schedule: https://www.umbcretrievers.com/sports/mswimdive/2019-20/schedule

BALTIMORE – The youth-laden UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving teams and their head coach know the journey back to the top of the America East podium will be challenging, but rewarding.

The season opens with a non-scoring meet versus Bucknell at the UMBC Natatorium on Saturday, Oct. 5.

"We're really excited about our schedule this year," said Cradock, who enters his 19th season at the helm of the Retrievers. "Our one big change is that in January, we are going to George Mason. It's nice to go head-to-head against a strong program like that and it sets us up well for our championships."

After the Bison visit Baltimore, Navy's strong men's and women's programs come to UMBC on Friday, Oct. 11. The Retrievers face their first road tests of the season in Newark, Del. on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they face Johns Hopkins and the host Blue Hens.

The Retrievers make the short trip to Towson for a meet on Saturday, Nov. 2 before hosting VMI two weeks later. UMBC makes its first of two trips to Fairfax, Va. on Nov. 21-23, when they compete in the annual George Mason Invitational.

After holiday training in Boca Raton, Florida, the Retrievers have three January meets to kick off the new year. UMBC hosts Howard on Saturday, Jan. 4, travels back to GMU on Jan. 18th and celebrates Alumni Weekend with the regular season finale at home versus East Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The 2020 America East Championships will be held from Feb. 13-16 at WPI in Worcester, Mass.   

Both teams are looking to defend 2019 America East titles as all #RetrieverNation swimmers celebrated together for the first time since 2010-11. However, only one-third of this year's competitors are upperclassmen, so all classes will have to contribute significantly for UMBC to repeat.

"The athletes know they'll have to work really hard to have success this year," he continued. "But there is potential there for us to be even stronger as a program."