Worcester, Mass.—Sophomore Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) not only took gold in the 200 IM to lead UMBC, she broke a school record in the process.
Escobedo won the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.10, out-touching Katie Mann of New Hampshire. The time set a new meet, conference, and school record for Escobedo, who defended her 200 IM crown, which she won at last year's championships.
"Emily has worked hard for this moment," head coach Chad Cradock said about the sophomore. "Her success is not an accident. Her records and big win today shows she is ready for the rest of the weekend."
Stephanie Romano (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Towson) led the Retrievers in the 500 free, touching the wall with a time of 4:58.82. Teammate Carly Waters (Crownsville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) earned an eighth place finish with a time of 5:03.28. Brenda Rhodes (Loveland, Colo./Loveland) won the consolation final, swimming her career best time of 5:02.49.
In the 50 free, Catherine Frediani (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) took eighth place with a time of 24.08. Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West) won the consolation final in a time of 23.86. The other event contested on the day, the 200 free relay, saw the team of Frediani, Allie Caulfield (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales), Allison Atkinson (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding), and Langford place third with a time of 1:34.67.
"Today was a great day. Our ladies are coming together as a team and are focused. We as a staff could not be more proud of what they are accomplishing," Cradock stated.
UMBC jumped into second place after day two. The Retrievers (240 points) trail UNH by just 48 points with two days to go. Vermont (234), Binghamton (207) and Maine (140) round out the five team field.
Day three will see the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay and 3 meter dive contested.