NORFOLK, Va. – The UMBC women's swimming and diving team has been named a 2013 Fall College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team, the organization announced on March 6. The CSCAA Scholar All-America program is supported by Nike.
The Retriever women's squad posted a cumulative 3.35 grade-point-average (GPA) during the 2013 fall semester to earn the team honor. The award is presented twice annually and is awarded to teams which achieve a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
In addition to their success in the classroom, the Retrieves excelled in the pool, posting a 4-3 dual meet record and then finishing second at the 2014 America East Championships. Freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) led UMBC at the meet, breaking three school records and winning two gold medals to earn the Most Outstanding Swimmer and Most Outstanding Rookie awards. Sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) was also a key for the Retrievers as well, sweeping the two diving events to garner the Most Outstanding Diver honor.
Escobedo has gone on to achieve further success, lowering her school record and NCAA "B" cut time in the 200-yd. breaststroke to 2:10.05 to become just the third Retriever female swimmer to advance to the NCAA Championships. The freshman will travel to Minnesota next week to compete at the national meet in the 100- and 200-yd. breaststroke events, in addition to the 200-yd. IM.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.