Swimming and Diving Closes out Fall Schedule at Patriot Invitational

Swimming and Diving Closes out Fall Schedule at Patriot Invitational

BALTIMORE, Md. – After a week off from the pool, the UMBC swimming and diving teams will head to Fairfax, Va. to compete in the annual Patriot Invitational from November 16 to November 18, hosted by George Mason University. Last year, the Retriever men won the event, while the women placed sixth.

Patriot Invitational Information:

What: 2017 George Mason Patriot Invitational

Where: Jim McKay Natatorium – Fairfax, Va.

When: Thursday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 18 – Prelims at 10 a.m., Diving at 1 p.m., finals at 6 p.m. each day

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Last Time Out: At Old Dominion - Women: W, 161-134; Men: W, 164-133

Junior Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) broke two JD Scrap Chandler Pool records as the UMBC Swimming and Diving teams defeated Old Dominion on Saturday, November 4. The men took a 164-133 win, while the ladies won by a score of 161-134.

Gliese's record-breaking performances came in the 100 and 200 back. He touched in the 100 back with a time of 50.47, while swimming the 200 back in a time of 1:49.60. Both times were also season-bests for Gliese.

Gliese, along with Kyle Paxton, Philip Adejumo, and Ilia Rattsev helped the men start the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, winning the race in a time of 1:31.94.

Rattsev also picked up first place wins in the 50 free (20.76), 100 free (season-best 45.54), and 200 free (1:41.11).

The Retrievers went 1-2 in the 100 fly with Adejumo touching in with a season-best time of 49.50, with freshman Jack Carlisle (Cape Town, South Africa) finished second in a personal-best time of 51.77. Adejumo and Carlisle also finished 1-2 in the 200 fly in 1:52.21 and 1:53.70, respectively.

In the 1000 free, freshman Kai Wisner (Syracuse, N.Y.) touched in first with a season-best time of 9:29.87. Wisner also finished first in the 500 free with a time of 4:41.19, while junior Haythem Abdelkhalek (Ariana, Tunisia) finished second in a time of 4:46.86.

Senior Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia) had two season-best performances, placing first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.44 and second in 200 free with a time of 1:43.11.

On the boards, junior Leo Buoye (Spencerport, N.Y.) and sophomore Ben Parker (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 1 and 3 meter dives.

On the women's side, the team started out with a win in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:45.71 from the team of Emily Vance, Maddy Popalis, Natalija Marin, and Laura Massicotte.

Marin, Popalis, Vance, along with Hania Moro also posted a win in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:32.98.

In the 100 fly, Marin touched in first with a time of 56.30. Senior Allison Atkinson (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) finished second with a season-best time of 58.93, while junior Cassandra Willie (Stony Brook, N.Y.) touched in third with a time of 59.66.

Marin also finished first in the 200 fly with a time of 2:02.91.

Moro finished first in the 100 free (season-best 52.97), 200 free (1:52.75), and 500 free (5:04.99). Senior Carly Waters (Crownsville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) finished second in the 500 free with a season-best time of 5:12.80.

In the 1000 free, junior Britt Driscoll (Wallingford, Conn.) touched in first with a time of 10:40.71, while Waters came in second with a time of 10:43.49.

Vance came in first in a season-best time of 57.05 in the 100 back. Popalis finished the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.76.

On the boards, sophomore Devin Gromen (Crofton, Md./Arundel) finished first in the 1 meter dive with a score of 213.10, while sophomore Abby Biddulph (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) finished second with a score of 212.90.

In the 3 meter dive, Biddulph placed first with a score of 218.45, while Gromen finished third with a score of 182.65.

Keep The Awards Rolling In…
Three members of the UMBC swimming and diving team were honored with with America East Performer of the Week awards for the week ending November 6.

Juniors Hania Moro (New Cairo, Egypt) and Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) took home the swimming awards, while classmate Leo Buoye (Spencerport, N.Y.) picked up Male Diver of the Week.

This was the fourth week this season that a UMBC swimmer and/or diver has been honored with a Performer of the Week.