Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC women's swimming and diving team will make the trek to WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) in Worcester, Mass. for the 2015 America East Championships. The Retrievers will look to avenge their second place finish from a year ago, where they fell to reigning champs New Hampshire.
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WHAT: 2015 America East Championships
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 12-Sunday Feb. 15
WHERE: WPI Sports & Recreation Center- Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass.
LIVE STREAM: www.americaeast.tv
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Coach Cradock on the Championships:
"We have great competition with all five schools in the conference," Cradock said about the upcoming meet. He also spoke about what it will take for the Retrievers to come out on top. "We have to compete as a team. No one individual will win us a championship; it takes everyone on this roster to win." He would go on to say, "I want everyone to know they have worked hard to get to this point, and to be confident in themselves. It is now time to enjoy our hard work and success."
Last Year at the America East Championships:
The women were led by Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) who broke school records in the 200 IM and 100 breast on back-to-back nights. Escobedo earned Most Outstanding Swimmer and Rookie at the meet, as UMBC swept the awards with fellow New Yorker Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) earned Most Outstanding Diver at the meet.
Darelius won both diving disciplines, with scores of 235.00 on the 1 meter and 261.70 on the 3 meter boards for the sweep.
UMBC finished last year's championships in second place for the third straight year. The Retrievers finished with 684 points, behind New Hampshire who finished with 877. Vermont was right behind UMBC with 640 points, followed by Maine (462) and Binghamton (444).
Last Time Out- East Carolina:
The women's 200 medley relay team (Amanda Day, Emily Escobedo, Lauren Day, Kristie Langford) kicked off the meet with a second place finish in a time of 1:46.92. The women also took second in the 400 free relay (Langford, Atkinson, Frediani, and Caulfield) with a time of 3:33.64.
Alissa Caulfied picked up a stellar come-from-behind victory in the 200 free. She was behind for most of the race, but pulled ahead in the final stretch, to out-touch ECU's Bailie Monahan with a time of 1:55.58. Caulfield also picked up a second place finish before the first break, finishing the 50 free in a time of 24.82.
Catherine Frediani and Emily Escobedo both earned second place finishes in the 100 back and 100 breast respectively. Frediani finished with a time of 59.44, while Emily touched the wall in 1:04.08.
Escobedo opened things up after the break with a win in the 200 breast. Emily touched the wall in 2:17.58. Stephanie Romano followed that up with a slim win in the 500 free. Romano just out-touched Chew from ECU with a time of 5:06.30.
On the boards, Coco Darelius took first place in the 1 meter dive with a score of 261.15.
Following the conference meet, several Retrievers will compete in the 2015 ECAC Championships. This year's championships will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on Feb. 27-Mar. 1.