Swimming and Diving Heads to #AESD Championships; Women Look To Defend Crown For Fourth Straight Year

Photo by Zoë Pekins
Photo by Zoë Pekins

America East Championship Central


BALTIMORE, Md. – For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the UMBC swimming and diving teams will compete at the America East Championships together. The women look to defend their crown for the fourth straight season, while the men are looking for their first title since leaving the CCSA, where they won three years in a row.


America East Championship Info:

What: 2018 America East Swimming and Diving Championships

Where: WPI Sports and Recreation Center – Worcester, Mass.

When: Thursday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 18 – Prelims at 10 a.m., finals at 6 p.m.

Teams Participating: Binghamton, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, VMI, UMBC

Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCSwimDive, @AmericaEast, #AESD, #AEChamps, #RetrieverNation

How to Watch: Live video will be streamed, free of charge, on AmericaEast.TV each day.


Last Year at the Women's America East Championships:

The women claimed their third straight America East crown after winning the meet with a conference-record 936.5 points, while Emily Escobedo won her fourth straight Most Outstanding Swimmer award. Chad Cradock and staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year.

UMBC swimming and diving won every event on day one to take an early lead in the America East Swimming and Diving Championships. The Retrievers broke two school records in the process, as they look for their third straight championship.

The Retrievers kicked off the meet with a school record in the 800 free relay, as Laura Massicotte, Allie Caulfield, Hania Moro and Emily Escobedo touched in with a time of 7:17.82, four seconds better than the previous school best.

UMBC would not stop there as they ended the day with another school and meet record in the 200 medley relay. Escobedo teamed up with Lauren Day, Amanda Day and Haylee Committe to touch in a t 1:40.58.

Freshmen Devin Gromen and Abby Biddulph went one-two in the 1 meter dive. Gromen won the event with a score of 228.80, after earning the top seed after the prelims. Biddulph finished with silver with a score of 219.60.

Day two continued as Escobedo shattered the school record in the 200 IM. Escobedo broke not only the school record, but the meet record as well in the 200 IM, touching in at 1:55.66, earning an NCAA B cut in the process.

Massicotte took fourth in 2:03.11 with Kayla Lilly (2:03.24) and Aleasha Knight (2:04.67) going five-six in the A finals.

Hania Moro picked up a big win in the 500 free, touching the wall in a time of 4:51.72. Alissa Caulfield and Carly Waters finished six-seven in the event with times of 5:00.19 and 5:04.94 respectively.

Lauren Day and Committe earned spots in the A finals of the 50 free. Day finished in fourth place with a time of 23.81, while Committe finished fifth in 23.82.

On the third day, Escobedo broke the school, conference and meet record in the 100 breast, going 59.02 in the prelims, hitting an NCAA A cut. She would go on to win the race in the finals with a time of 59.46. Teammates Kayla Lilly (1:03.01) and Maddy Popalis (1:03.54) finished three-four in the race.

UMBC swept the 100 back, led by senior Lauren Day, who won gold with a time of 55.34. Kylie Danin and Emily Vance went two-three with times of 56.48 and 56.56 respectively.

Massicotte earned silver in the 400 IM, touching in with a time of 4:20.29. Knight finished just behind her in 4:21.88 while Kelly Lajoie placed sixth in 4:29.26. 

Amanda Day finished second in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 55.42. Danin earned her second medal of the day in the event, taking fifth in 56.45, while Cassandra Willie finished seventh in 56.75.

Escobedo, Lauren Day, and Amanda Day teamed up with Committe to win gold in the 400 medley relay. The quartet out-touched New Hampshire in a time of 3:42.57.

On the boards, Biddulph earned a fourth place finish in the 3 meter dive with a score of 216.75. 1 meter champ Gromen finished fifth with a score of 212.45.

On the final day, Escobedo finished her collegiate career with a gold in the 200 breast. Outracing the field, touching in with a new school, conference and meet record time of 2:06.20. The time was 12 seconds faster than her teammate Lilly who finished in second place (2:18.08). The time was also good enough for an NCAA A cut.

Moro led a trio of Retrievers on the podium in the 1,650 free. Moro won gold with a time of 16:51.50. Massicotte and Carly Waters went two-three in the event, touching in with times of 17:00.68 and 17:01.90. 

The Retrievers followed that up with another sweep, led by Vance in the 200 back. Vance touched in with a time of 2:00.63 to earn gold, adding to her bronze in the 100 back earlier. Knight came in second with a time of 2:01.36 while Danin finished with bronze in 2:01.93.

Committe led the Dawgs in the 100 free, earning fourth with a time of 51.62. Caulfield came in sixth with a time of 51.93 in the race.

In the final event of the day, the 400 free relay team of Escobedo, Caulfield, Committe, and Massicotte went toe-to-toe with New Hampshire, but were just out-touched at the wall. New Hampshire won by .01 of a second with a time of 3:23.07.


Last Year at the Men's CCSA Championships: 

The men will be competing at the America East Championships for the first time since the 2012-13 season, where they won the meet with a conference-record 1,075 points. Last season, the men claimed their third straight CCSA title. 

Last year at the CCSA Championships, the Retrievers claimed their third straight crown with 1,522 points. Chad Cradock was also named Coach of the Year. 

On the first day of competition, Ilia RattsevAhmed WahbyNikola Trajkovic, and Gregor Spoerlein won gold in the 800 free relay, touching in with a time of 6:30.95, two second ahead of the team from Incarnate Word.

The 200 medley relay team of Alexander GlieseLuis GalvanPhilip Adejumo and Spoerlein took bronze with a time of 1:29.32.

A pair of Retrievers earned spots in the finals of the 1 meter dive. Elijah Wright took bronze with a score of 325.10, improving on his score of 302.70 from the prelims. Ben Parker finished in eighth with a score of 254.15, besting his prelim score of 230.10. 

Trajkovic and Spoerlein both won individual gold on day two of the CCSA Championships. Trajkovic took home gold in the 200 IM, while Spoerlein won the 50 free as the Retrievers remain in first place.

Trajkovic won the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.04, earning an NCAA B cut. Nikola dropped two seconds off his prelim time of 1:50.54. Connor Ganley earned bronze with a time of 1:49.38, just behind the second place finisher from Incarnate Word.

Spoerlein took home gold in the 50 free, out-touching the field in the sprint with a time of 20.28, just .05 seconds ahead of Jacob Zeidler from Old Dominion.

Two Retrievers earned spots on the podium in the 500 free. Rattsev placed second with a time of 4:26.25, while Gliese earned bronze, touching in with a time of 4:27.11.

The quartet of Spoerlein, Wahby, Vance and Rattsev took third in the 200 free relay, clocking in with a time of 1:21.40.

On the boards, Wright and Parker went six-seven on the 3 meter board with scores of 337.80 and 285.05. 

On the third day, Trajkovic earned silver in the 400 IM, breaking his record that he set at last years' championships. The junior finished in 3:53.68, earning an NCAA B cut in the process. Teammate Andew McKissick took bronze with a time of 3:55.57.

Adejumo picked up a silver in the 100 fly with a time of 48.53, while Andrew Schrantz finished the race in sixth place, touching the wall in 49.36.

Spoerlein picked up another gold medal, this time in the 200 free with a time of 1:37.32, hitting an NCAA B cut. Rattsev was right behind him in fourth place with a time of 1:38.57.

On the final day of competition, the Retrievers capped the meet with a win in the 400 free relay, edging out Gardner-Webb and Florida Atlantic. Rattsev, Vance, Ganley and Spoerlein finished in a time of 2:58.21.

Wahby earned silver in the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.61, while Kyle Paxton and Ganley finished two-three in the 200 breast with times of 2:00.14 and 2:01.23 respectively.  

Rattsev and Spoerlein finished with the top two spots in the 100 free, ahead of Connor Bos (GWU) and Jacob Zeidler (ODU) who tied for third in times of 44.23 and 44.31. Rattsev earned an NCAA B cut with his time in the race.

UMBC swept the 200 back, with Gilese (1:44.59) winning gold, followed by Wahby (1:46.06) and Garrett Wlochowski (1:47.40). Both Gliese and Wahby hit NCAA B cuts with their times.