The UMBC women's swimming and diving team earned CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) Scholar All-America Team, as announced by the CSCAA on Tuesday. The award is given to the team whose GPA was a 3.0 or better during the fall term.
UMBC was one of the 143 schools who earned the honor, as the team had a combined 3.44 GPA during the fall semester. The Retrievers were one of three America East schools to make the list. The others include Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Retrievers are coming off their first America East title since 2011, when they knocked off defending champion New Hampshire a few weeks back. UMBC earned 791 points, just edging out the Wildcats who had 771.
Sophomore Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) earned Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year, after winning the 100 and 200 breast, as well as the 200 IM. Head man Chad Cradock and his staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year as well.
The Retrievers are back in the pool at the ECAC Championships this weekend. UMBC will head to the University of Pittsburgh for the three day meet from Feb. 27-March 1.