The America East Conference tabbed a pair of Retrievers with weekly awards in swimming and diving.
For the second time in three weeks, senior Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia) earned Male Swimmer of the Week. In addition, the league selected Retriever freshman diver Will Henrickson (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) as its Diver of the Week.
Rattsev, known for his sprinting prowess, easily outdistanced the field in the 500 freestyle event in Saturday's victory over VMI. He posted a time of 4:34.81 and won the event by over eight seconds. Moreover, Rattsev helped UMBC earn golds in both relays, anchoring the win in the 200-yard medley relay and leading off the victorious 200-yard freestyle relay quartet.
In that same meet, Henrickson earned the first two victories of his career, capturing the 1-meter board with a mark of 219.22 and the 3-meter event at 197.02.
Both the men's and women's squads return to the water when they compete in the George Mason Invitational, beginning on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Retrievers will compete against American, Drexel, Florida Atlantic, Richmond, Seton Hall, Shippensburg, UNC Wilmington and the host Patriots. The action at the Jim McKay Natatorium runs from Thursday through Saturday.
Both teams earned victories over VMI in a dual meet held at the UMBC Aquatic Complex on Saturday. The women (1-4) recorded their first triumph of the year, winning a 139-101 decision, while the men improved to 3-2 by a 158-117 score. A Retriever finished first in all but one event during the meet.
In addition to Henrickson's wins in the diving well, senior Devin Gromen (Crofton, Md./Arundel) easily outdistanced the field in capturing the 1-meter (207/.97) and 3-meter (222.52) events.
Twenty-two different swimmers, including seven Retriever freshmen, earned golds on the day. Freshman Kylie Kelly (Hagerstown, Md.) was the only swimmer to finish first in two events. Early in the meet, Kelly won the 200 yard-freestyle in a time of 1:57.41. She also placed first in the 400 individual medley, touching in at 4:38.78.
The 2018 Patriot Invitational: The UMBC men finished sixth with 481 points and the women ended the competition seventh with 296 points. UNCW won the Invite on both the men's (845 points) and women's (731 points) sides.
Of the returning women's swimmers, junior Natalija Marin (Belgrade, Serbia) recorded the best finish in last year's meet. In the 200 fly, Marin finished fourth in a time of 2:04.31. She posted a season-best time of 2:04.05 at Towson on November 2.
On the men's side, sophomore Kai Wisner (Syracuse, N.Y.) finished third in the 1650 free, touching in with a time of 15:47.36 last fall. Rattsev took home silver in the 100 free, touching in with a time of 45.14.
The men have won seven Patriot Invitational crowns, triumphing for five consecutive years in 2006-2010 and adding crowns in 2015 and 2016. The women captured titles in 2009 and 2010.
PATRIOT INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Prelims (10 a.m.): 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, Time Trials
Finals (6 p.m.): 200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 400 Medley Relay
Diving (1 p.m.): Women's 3m and Men's 1m Prelims and Finals
Prelims (10 a.m.): 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, Time Trials
Finals (6 p.m.): 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, 800 Free Relay
Diving (1 p.m.): Women's 1m and Men's 3m Prelims and Finals
Prelims (10 a.m.): 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, Time Trials, 1,650 Free
Finals (6 p.m.): 1,650 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free Relay
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