Omaha, Neb.—UMBC swimming and diving rising senior Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) recently finished her run at the 2016 Olympic Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska this past week. She swam in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, earning a spot in the semifinals in the 200 breast, finishing 10th overall.
"This year's Olympic trials was an amazing experience for me. It's such a fun meet to watch and truly such an honor to be able to swim in. There is so much talent at that meet and I was lucky to be able to witness some incredible swims and watch the dedication that those athletes have," Escobedo said of her experience at the meet.
Escobedo started the trials with a 54th place finish in the 100 breast, winning her preliminary heat with a time of 1:10.72. She followed that up with a 36th place finish in the 200 IM, earning third in her prelim with a time of 2:17.67.
The best day of the trials came in her last event, the 200 breast. She finished fourth in her heat with a time of 2:29.12, but earned a spot in the semifinals in 16th place. During the semis, she swam a 2:27.03, finishing in tenth place, just missing a spot in the finals.
"I was glad to be able to represent UMBC and give a little back to the team that has given so much to me. Without my coaches and teammates, I would not be where I am today. And I certainly wouldn't have been able to make semifinals. Four years ago when I was at the same meet, I would never have thought that one day, I would be top 16 and I will always remember the excitement and nerves I had going into that race," Escobedo said.
"The United States Swimming Olympic Trials is the fastest meet in the world and we are so proud of Emily and all she has accomplished," head coach Chad Cradock said. "Finishing tenth and swimming in the semifinals is that much more impressive."
Escobedo completed an historic season in the pool, by earning points in two separate races at the NCAA Championships. UMBC's two-time Dr. Charles R. Brown Female Most Outstanding Athlete 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 which 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.
"Over Emily's three years with our program we have seen her work hard, be focused and give everything she has for herself and our program. We are looking forward to an amazing senior year and thank her for all she has given to our program," Cradock said.