Lewisburg, Pa.—UMBC swimming and diving kicked off the 2016-17 campaign on a strong note, as several Retrievers earned first place finishes and other finishing in the top three of their respective races at Bucknell.
"Today was the best start for our program that I can remember in quite some time. Our team was exceptional and we are looking forward to continuing to grow while embracing the process all year," head coach Chad Cradock stated after the meet.
On the women's side, the team of Emily Escobedo, Allison Atkinson, Hania Moro, and Laura Massicotte won the 400 free relay in a time of 3:36.51, as the Bison won the 200 medley relay earlier in the meet.
Moro won three individual events on Saturday in the 1,000 free (10:22.87), 500 free (5:05.32) and the 200 free (1:55.52). Fellow relay mates Emily Escobedo and Allison Atkinson won individual races. Escobedo won the 400 IM in a time of 4:23.88, while Atkinson was a winner in the 50 fly in 26.86.
Sophomore Maddy Popalis earned a pair of first place finishes in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes with times of 1:07.51 and 2:25.79.
Other Retriever winners include Kayla Lilly (200 IM, 2:10.47), Allie Caulfield (100 free, 53.91) and freshman Emily Vance (50 back, 27.29).
On the boards, freshman Abby Biddulph won the 1 meter dive with a score of 193.73 in her first collegiate meet.
The men earned two relay wins in the 200 medley and 400 free. The quartet of Alexander Gliese, Leo Mercer, Philip Adejumo, and Jared Vance won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:33.48. Ahmed Wahby, Nikola Trajkovic, Ilia Rattsev and Gregor Spoerlein won the 400 free relay in a time of 3:05.54.
A trio of Retrievers earned multiple individual victories on Saturday. Trajkovic won the 400 IM (4:03.02), 200 IM (1:54.17) and 200 free (1:43.09), while Gilese won the 200 back (1:49.12), 100 back (50.48) and 50 back (23.65). Trajkovic's relay mate Gregor Spoerlein earned victories in the 100 and 200 freestyles with times of 45.39 and 1:40.71, while also earning first in the 50 free in a time of 20.89.
Other Retriever winners include Andrew McKissick in the 200 fly (1:51.84) and 500 free (4:39.20), Kyle Paxton, Wahby, Adejumo and Mercer. Paxton won the 200 breast in a time of 2:06.99, while Wahby won the 100 fly (51.52), Adejumo in the 50 fly (22.48) and Mercer in the 50 breast (26.41).
Freshman Haythem Abdelkhalek picked up his first collegiate victory in the 1,000 free in a time of 9:42.00.
On the boards, Elijah Wright swept the diving disciplines with scores of 198.08 on the 1 meter board and 206.10 on the 3 meter board.
The Retrievers are back in the pool on Friday, Oct. 7 in tri-meet at Navy with George Mason.