Danbury, Conn.—UMBC sophomore Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) was named ECAC Division I South Swimmer of the Week on Wednesday. Escobedo earns the award following her performance in the America East Championships, where she earned Most Outstanding Swimmer for the second year in a row.
Emily took home three gold medals over the four day span in the 200 IM, 100 breast, and 200 breast, setting two school records in the process. Escobedo finished the 200 IM in a time of 1:59.10 breaking the previous school best of 2:00.25. The other record that she broke was in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.01. Emily won her final race of the weekend in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.54.
UMBC finished with 791 points, just 14 points ahead of defending champs New Hampshire (777 points). The Retrievers found themselves just two points down coming into the day, and closed the gap during the finals. UMBC took the lead heading into the 200 fly, and held on for the championship. Vermont (662 points), Binghamton (470.5 points), Maine (433.5 points) rounded out the field.
Coach Chad Cradock, as well as assistants Chris Gibeau, Brandt Nigro, Rob Bellamy and diving coach Petar Trifonov earned Coaching Staff of the Year.
The women are back in the pool at the ECAC Championships at Pittsburgh University next week. The championships will be held Feb. 27-Mar. 1.
Division I South
Swimmer of the Week
Emily Escobedo – UMBC, Sophomore, New Rochelle, N.Y.