SOMERS, Wis. – For the second season in a row following the conference championships, the UMBC men's swimming and diving team has received a national ranking, slotting No. 23 in the latest CollegeSwimming.com poll, the organization announced on Monday.
SEC champion Florida (1013.41) leads the poll while Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) champion University of the Incarnate Word (951.04), who edged the Retrievers, 886-844, over the weekend, ranks 15th. UMBC received 934.00 points, just behind N.C. State (934.30), but ahead of Harvard (933.11).
"We had excellent performances at the CCSA Championships which set us up for this opportunity," said head coach Chad Cradock. "We swam well and received a full-team effort to achieve this."
Over the course of the four-day meet in Knoxville, Tenn., UMBC swimmers broke 12 of 20 school records while Cradock was named the CCSA Male Swimming Coach of the Year. Diving coach Petar Trifonov earned the Male Diving Coach of the Year award after his divers combined for a sweep of the two events. During the dual meet season, the Retriever men posted a 5-2 record which included wins over George Washington and Old Dominion.
Senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) won two individual golds and one individual silver, achieving NCAA "B" cuts in each event, to go with three individual school records at the championship meet. In addition, he won two relay gold medals while aiding the Retrievers to five new program marks and was named the CCSA Most Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Meet.
On the diving boards, junior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) took the top spot in the 3-meter competition while finishing behind only teammate Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) in the 1-meter event to take home the Most Outstanding Male Diver of the Meet honor. Green, Wong, and senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) will all represent UMBC at the NCAA Zones meet to be held by Virginia Tech on March 10-12.