Men’s Swimming and Diving Prepares to Defend CCSA Crown This Weekend

Men’s Swimming and Diving Prepares to Defend CCSA Crown This Weekend

Championship Central

Baltimore, Md.—The UMBC men's swimming and diving team will look to win their third consecutive CCSA Championship this weekend in Athens, Ga. The Retrievers have won the championship two of the three years they have been in the conference.

CCSA Championship Info:
What:
2017 CCSA Swimming and Diving Championships

Where: Gabrielson Natatorium, University of Georgia – Athens, Ga.

When: Wednesday-Saturday, February 15-18 – Prelims at 10 a.m., finals at 6 p.m.

How to Watch: Live stream of all sessions free of charge at BigSouthSports.com/Watch

Social Media: @UMBCSwimDive, @UMBCAthletics, @CCSA_Swim_Dive, #EmbraceTheProcess

Last Year at the Championships:

For the second straight year the UMBC men's swimming and diving team took home the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Championship title.

UMBC sat In third place after day one of the meet, but the Retrievers made a big move on day two and moved up to second place.  The defending champs produced an amazing day on the third day, and took the lead in the championships after a huge night in the pool.  On Saturday, the Retrievers held off the competition and came away with the title. 

Felix Richtsfeld earned Freshman of the Meet honors, after claiming first in the 500-yard freestyle preliminary, placing second in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing second in the 1650-yard freestyle and participating on UMBC's second place 800-yard freestyle relay team.

Head Coach Chad Cradock was named Men's Swimming Coach of the Year.

UMBC won the meet with 1,502 points, ahead of Incarnate Word with 1,281. Old Dominion took third with 1,255.5 points, and Gardner-Webb finished fourth with 1,111 points. Florida Atlantic (969), NJIT (528.5), Howard (335) and VMI (270) rounded out the field.

Last Time Out:

Philip Adejumo took first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:53.20 while Gregor Spoerlein picked up a victory in the 50 free, touching in with a time of 21.32. Spoerlein, along with Ilia RattsevAhmed Wahby and Jared Vance picked up a win in the 400 yard free relay, touching in with a time of 3:05.30. 

Other first place finishes for the Retrievers included Rattsev in the 500 free (4:35.22) and Nikola Trajkovic in the 200 IM (1:53.46).

On the diving board, Elijah Wright picked up third place finishes in the 1 meter (259.72) and 3 meter (262.65) dives.

Up Next:

The Retrievers will head to Annapolis, Md. for the ECAC Championships, March 3-5 at the U.S. Naval Academy.