Fairfax, Va. – The UMBC men's and women's swimming and diving squads completed the three-day Patriot Invitational at the Jim McKay Natatorium on Saturday evening.
UMBC's Kai Wisner (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned the Retrievers' second gold medal of the competition, capturing the 1650-yard freestyle. The junior outdistanced the competition by nearly seven seconds, touching the wall in a time of 15:33.79. Sophomore Sam Jyawook (Franklin, Tenn.) placed eighth at 16:03.46.
Wisner and senior Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia) put together outstanding meets. Rattsev briefly set a meet record in the 100-yard freestyle in Saturday preliminaries, finishing first with a time of 44.70. He came in at 44.61 in the finals, which was good enough for third place as Drexel's Stathis Malamis re-set the mark with a winning mark of 44.33.
In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Matt Bennici (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) placed seventh with a time of 1:50.55.
The men capped the meet by placing fourth in the 400-freestyle relay. The quartet of Rattsev, freshmen Gabriel Laracuente (Gaithersburg, Md./Good Counsel) and Nick Weigelt (Clayton, Calif.) and sophomore Tiago Asakawa (Sumaré, Brazil) posted a time of 3:02.46.
On the women's side, senior Hayley Commite (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) completed an outstanding meet by placing ninth in the 100-yard freestyle (51.62) and 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.38).
But it was posting a mark of 2:04.23.
The men maintained their fifth place standing, amassing 409.50 points. UNCW won the meet with 788.50 points, followed by Florida Atlantic (738.5), Drexel (697.5), host George Mason (667), UMBC (409.5), Seton Hall (366), American (104) and Shippensburg (83).
The women placed eighth with 163 points. Drexel topped the nine-school competition with 850 points.
UMBC returns to action in 2020 when they host Howard on January 4 at 2:00 p.m.