Greensboro, N.C.—UMBC sophomore Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) ended the 2014-15 season on a high note at the NCAA Championships. Escobedo once again made history, as she was the first UMBC swimmer to score at the championships.
"This was a fun, exciting experience for me, being able to represent the school and the program," Emily said about her run at the NCAA's.
Emily turned in the tenth best time in the 200 breast prelims with a time of 2:08.95. The time was enough to qualify her for the B finals in the evening. At the final heat, Escobedo took seventh place in the heat, a 14th place finish overall, with a time of 2:09.32.
She is the first swimmer, male or female, to score points at the NCAA Championships. Emily already was the first female swimmer to make it to more than once to the championships, when she qualified earlier this year.
"It was a good feeling to be the first scorer in program history," Escobedo said about her performance Saturday. "Hopefully this is the start of having more people come to the meet and score as well."
Escobedo is the third female and fourth overall to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Emily will be the first ever swimmer to make the national meet twice, in back-to-back years. Emily joins Jacque Wisnauskas (1999) and UMBC Hall of Famer Lindsey Prather (2002) to compete.
This year, Emily broke the school record in the 200 breast at the ECAC Championships this past weekend. She touched the wall in 2:09.66, good enough to win the event.
She took home Swimmer of the Year honors at the America East Championships in February, helping the Retrievers take home their first championship since 2011.
"We are very proud of what she has accomplished in her career," Coach Cradock said after the meet. "This has always been a goal for us, ever since I have been at the school. It starts with the first NCAA qualifier and culminates with today. Her hard work has truly paid off for her."