Lindsey Prather has been named as one of six former Retriever student-athletes that will be inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31. A dinner and subsequent ceremony will take place, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Westin BWI Airport Hotel.
Prather was a standout in the pool, qualifying for NCAA competition during her freshman campaign of 2002. In the process, she became just the second NCAA qualifier for the swimming and diving program back.
Prather qualified for the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 2002 NCAA Championships. In addition to racing at NCAA's, Lindsey earned gold in the 200 breaststroke at the ECAC Championships, breaking an NEC (Northeast Conference) record in the process.
Lindsey still holds her place in the UMBC record books. She is the current record holder in the 200 breast, and sits in third in the 100 breaststroke. Prather also has the eighth-best time in the 400 individual medley.
She was an 11-time Northeast Conference Champion, winning seven individual events, and four relays. Lindsey was named 2002 NEC Rookie of the Meet.
Current head man Chad Cradock was the coach of Lindsey during her tenure at UMBC. "She had a strong kick, which helped her in the breaststroke. She was a hard worker and dedicated, which helped her achieve all the success she had," Cradock said. He would go on to say, "At the time, the NCAA only took 27 athletes per event to the championships. We always knew we could count on her for wins in the breaststroke at meets." While at UMBC, Lindsey majored in history and education.
Tickets to the event are still available and can be purchased online at Retriever Net, UMBC's Alumni Community website. The direct link is http://alumni.umbc.edu/s/1325/index_social.aspx?sid=1325&pgid=1193&gid=1&cid=2338&ecid=2338&post_id=0.