Boston, Mass.—Three UMBC winter athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team in their respective sports. Senior Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and junior Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) earned nods in swimming and diving, while senior Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md./Thomas Johnson) earned a spot in men's indoor track and field.
Both Darelius and Escobedo produced outstanding seasons for the women's swimming and diving team, as both played an integral part in the team winning back-to-back America East championships. Darelius earned Diver of the Year accolades after winning the 3-meter dive, and placing second in the 1-meter dive at the championships. During her stellar four-year career, she has earned the Diver of the Year award twice, while being named to the All-Academic team three times.
Escobedo completed an historic season in the pool, by earning points in two separate races at the NCAA Championships. The New York native finished 15th in the 100 breast at the championships to earn Honorable Mention All-American, before earning All-American status with a third place finish in the 200 breast on the final day of competition. She added to her growing list of accomplishments that include earning America East Rookie of the Year and Swimmer of the Year three times, earning multiple trips to the NCAA Championships, and becoming the first Retriever to score at the national meet and the first Retriever All-American in swimming.
Omar had a standout winter on the track, after being named Most Outstanding Track Performer, as well as earning the Co-Coaches Award for scoring the most points, at the America East Championships in February. The Frederick native broke the school record earlier in the 3,000m during the campaign at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup.