Several Retrievers Head to the Steel City for ECAC Championships

Several Retrievers Head to the Steel City for ECAC Championships

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Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC swimming and diving team will make the trek to the University of Pittsburgh for the ECAC Championships. Both the men and women are coming off championships in their respective conferences (CCSA and America East).

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WHAT: 2015 ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) Championships

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 27-Sunday Mar. 1

WHERE: Trees Pool, University

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Last Year at the ECAC Championships:

In the morning prelims of the 200 breaststroke, Escobedo turned in a career-best swim, shaving almost a second from her school-record of 2:12.11 from the America East Championships by touching the wall ahead of the pack at 2:11.23.  She then returned to the Navy pool during the evening finals and bested the field with an improved time of 2:10.05, to set both meet and pool records, in addition to a program record.

Escobedo is attempting to become the third Retriever female competitor, and fourth overall, to reach the national meet.  The last UMBC woman to swim at the NCAA Championships was Lindsey Prather, the previous school record holder in the 200 breast (2:15.84), in 2002.  Prior to that, Jacque Wisnauskas (1990) was the only other UMBC athlete to advance to nationals.

UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) won the 200-yd. IM and broke his own school record while freshman Gregor Sporelin (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) captured the 50-yd. freestyle event on Day One of the ECAC Championships

Freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium), who won the 50-yd. free last night, set a career-best in the prelims (50.19), and then finished 13th overall at night with a time of 50.33.  Junior Mark Tracy (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford), meanwhile, advanced to the night "B" final by touching at 50.98, and then placed 16th at night (51.29).

Last Time Out- America East/CCSA Championships:

For the fourth time in school history and first time since 2011, UMBC women's swimming and diving took home the America East Championship, edging out New Hampshire on the final day. The Retrievers scored 791 points, just edging out UNH, who had 777.

Sophomore Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) earned her second straight Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award, as she picked up her third victory of the weekend in the 200 breast. Escobedo touched the wall in a time of 2:10.54 to claim the gold.

UMBC finished with 791 points, just 14 points ahead of defending champs New Hampshire (777 points). The Retrievers found themselves just two points down coming into the day, and closed the gap during the finals. UMBC took the lead heading into the 200 fly, and held on for the championship. Vermont (662 points), Binghamton (470.5 points), Maine (433.5 points) rounded out the field. 

Coach Chad Cradock, as well as assistants Chris Gibeau, Brandt Nigro, Rob Bellamy and diving coach Petar Trifonov earned Coaching Staff of the Year. 

UMBC men's swimming and diving team avenged their second place finish to Incarnate Word from a year ago, by winning the 2015 CCSA Championship on Saturday. The Retrievers started the weekend strong, and finished the same way, winning by almost 200 points.

UMBC finished with 994 points to win the title. Defending champ Incarnate Word finished in second with 778 points. Gardner-Webb (690 points), NJIT (292 points), VMI (224 points), and Howard (160 points) rounded out the field.

Nikola Trajkovic won Freshman of the Year, and Petar Trifonov won Diving Coach of the Year on Saturday. Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) won Diver of the Year after sweeping both disciplines this weekend.