MINNEAPOLIS – UMBC freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) wrapped up her first career NCAA Championships by competing in the 200-yd. breaststroke, Saturday afternoon on the final day of competition of the 2014 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota's University Aquatic Center.
Escobedo placed 32nd overall in the prelims of the event with a time of 2:11.15, just over a second behind her school record pace of 2:10.05 which she set on March 2 at the ECAC Championships. The freshman's time today is the second-fastest in program history, trailing only her school record.
Texas A&M's Breeja Larson paced the prelims field with a time of 2:05.03.
Escobedo is the third Retriever female swimmer, and fourth overall in program history, to compete at the NCAA Championships. The freshman follows in the footsteps of Jacque Wisnauskus and Lindsey Prather who competed at the 1990 and 2002 national meets, respectively. Escobedo broke Prather's school record (2:15.84) in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.11) while capturing the gold medal in the event at the 2014 America East Championships.
Overall this season, Escobedo broke three individual school records while also helping the Retrievers snap two relay records. On the first day of the NCAA Championships, she broke her own mark in the 200 IM, lowering the top time down to 2:00.25.
At the America East meet back in February, Escobedo swept the gold medals in the breaststroke discipline while earning a bronze in the 200 IM. She set a program record in each event and was named both the conference's Most Outstanding Swimmer and the Most Outstanding Rookie.
Senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College), who last year became just the third swimmer in UMBC history to reach the NCAA stage, will compete at the 2014 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas next weekend (March 27-29).