Baltimore, Md.—UMBC swimming and diving returns to action after a long hiatus against Howard and Vermont on senior/alumni day on Saturday at the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The Retrievers last competed in the Patriot Invitational back in November.
Howard and Vermont Meet Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers vs. Howard Bison and Vermont Catamounts (women only)
Where: Baltimore, Md. – UMBC Aquatic Complex
When: Saturday, Jan. 7 – 2:00 p.m.
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Last Time Out:
UMBC swimming and diving had a huge night on the final day of the Patriot Invitational on Saturday, as the men came from behind, winning the meet with a first place finish in the 400 free relay. The win gave the Retrievers a first place finish, as the women took sixth, led by Emily Escobedo.
The Retriever men won the meet with 710 points, just edging Drexel with 704. Seton Hall and UNCW went three-four with 669 and 638 points each. George Mason (538.5), Florida Atlantic (512.5), American (159) and Shippensburg (72) rounded out the field.
The quartet of Ilia Rattsev, Ahmed Wahby, Connor Ganley and Gregor Spoerlein triumphed in a time of 2:59.92, breaking the meet record in the process. The 40 points the team got from the win propelled them into first place, ahead of Drexel who had been leading the whole meet.
On the women's side, UNCW won with 848 points, just ahead of Drexel with 839 and the host Patriots with 577.5. Seton Hall (537) and Richmond (364.5) placed just ahead of UMBC (348) in sixth. Florida Atlantic (182), American (155) and Shippensburg (150) rounded out the nine-team field.
Emily Escobedo continued her strong run of success in her senior season by tying the meet record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.94, hitting an NCAA B cut.
The Retrievers will honor 16 seniors prior to the meet with the Bison and Catamounts. In total, this year's senior class has won a total of four conference championships, with the women winning two America East titles and the men winning a pair of CCSA crowns.
UMBC will close out the regular season on Saturday, Jan. 21 at East Carolina. The meet with the Pirates is slated to begin at 1 p.m.