Baltimore, Md.—UMBC swimming and diving heads to Worcester, Mass. looking to defend their America East crown, winning their third straight championship this weekend. The Retrievers will have to fight off a strong field at WPI in order to achieve the three-peat.
America East Championship Info:
What: 2017 America East Swimming and Diving Championships
Where: WPI Sports and Recreation Center – Worcester, Mass.
When: Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 12 – Prelims at 10 a.m., finals at 6 p.m.
Team Participating: Binghamton, Maine, UMBC, New Hampshire, Vermont
Social Media: @AE_Gameday, @UMBCSwimDive, @UMBCAthletics, @AmericaEast, #AESD, #AEChamps, #EmbraceTheProcess
How to Watch: Live video will be streamed, free of charge, on AmericaEast.TV each day.
Last Year at the Championships:
Emily Escobedo won her third straight Most Outstanding Swimmer award, while making UMBC history in the process.
After trailing the University of New Hampshire for the first two days of competition, the Retrievers took command after an amazing night in the pool on the third day. An extremely strong preliminary session on Saturday put the team on cruise control, heading to the evening session.
In addition to Escobedo winning Most Outstanding Swimmer, senior Coco Darelius earned Most Outstanding Diver after winning the 3-meter dive, and placing second on the 1-meter board.
UMBC won with 885.5 points. New Hampshire took second with 824.5 points, as Vermont (636.5), Maine (448) and Binghamton (329.5) rounded out the field.
Last Time Out (East Carolina):
Senior Emily Escobedo led the way for UMBC, winning three individual events on the day as the Retrievers fell 166.5-131.5 back on January 21.
Escobedo picked up victories in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM. She touched in with times of 1:02.93 and 2:10.73 in both breaststroke events, respectively. The senior finished the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.07 to lead the UMBC women.
On the boards, Abby Biddulph earned third place finishes in the 1 meter (181.10) and 3 meter (198.15) dives.
The Retrievers will head to Annapolis to take part in the ECAC Championship from March 3-5. The event will be held at Lejeune Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m.