Men Win Eight Individual Golds in Wins over Delaware, Hopkins

Men Win Eight Individual Golds in Wins over Delaware, Hopkins

Newark, Del. – The UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving squads took to the road for the first time on the young season, facing Johns Hopkins and host Delaware in a tri-meet at UD's Rawstrom Natatorium.

Eight different Retriever men took golds as UMBC defeated Johns Hopkins, 153-129 and Delaware, 184-108.

Junior Natalija Marin (Belgrade, Serbia) became UMBC's first double-winner of the season, capturing both butterfly events for the women. The Retrievers were edged by Hopkins, 151-142 and fell to the host Blue Hens, 176-110.

For the second consecutive week, the men got off to an outstanding start, capturing the 400 medley relay. In the longer opening event, the quartet of Garrett Wlochowski (Manchester, Conn.), sophomore Satori Dobbie (Christchurch, New Zealand), senior Luis Daniel Galvan (Torreon, Mexico), sophomore Tiago Asakawa (Sumaré, Brazil) nipped JHU in a time of 3:26.25.

After earning silver versus Navy, junior Kai Wisner (Syracuse, N.Y.) captured gold this week in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:33.41.

Wlochowski (51.12) and sophomore Luka Zuric (Setauket, N.Y.) (52.20) finished 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, giving the Retrievers a commanding lead just four events into the meet.

Sophomore Matt Bennici (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) posted his first victory of 2019-20, besting the field by over a full second in the 200 butterfly (1:52.65)

Asakawa and senior diver Ben Parker (Lawrenceville, Ga.) posted their second wins of the season, capturing the 50 free and 1-meter boards respectively. Asakawa won his event in 21.18, while Parker easily outdistanced three other divers at 253.95 points.

After the break, senior Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia) earned his first individual gold of the season, touching first in the 100 freestyle at 46.22. Zuric was strong in the 200 backstroke, winning in a time of 1:50.12 and Dobbie capped UMBC's gold haul by edging a JHU swimmer to win the 100 backstroke with a 51.27 mark.

Marin, who earned silver and bronze versus Navy in the fly events a week ago, stood atop the medal stand in both races in Newark. She outdueled teammate freshman Kylie Kelly (Hagerstown, Md.), as the Retriever women finished 1-2 in the 200 yard event. Marin completed the race in 2:06.48, while Kelly was just over a second behind at 2:07.52.

In the shorter race, UMBC also earned gold and silver. Marin won the 100 in 57.75, while senior Sotiria Neofytou (Limassol, Cyprus) was just behind at 57.89.

UMBC junior Vanessa Esposito (Quebec, Canada) opened the women's individual events by taking silver in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:46.32.

Senior diver Abby Biddulph (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) hauled in a pair of silvers in the diving competitions. She amassed 201.05 points on the 1-meter board and 222.75 points at the 3-meter mark.

Kelly capped a solid day by placing second in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:11.82.

UMBC gets the week off from competition and returns to the pool when they make the short trip to Towson to take on the Tigers in a Nov. 2 dual meet. The action gets underway at 4:00 p.m.