Baltimore, Md.—UMBC swimming and diving continues the championship season at the ECAC Championships this weekend. The Retrievers are coming off a pair of conference championships, as the men won their third straight CCSA title and women achieved the same feat in the America East.
ECAC Championship Info:
What: 2017 ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships
When: Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5
Where: Lejeune Hall, U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, Md.
How to Watch: Live results available at ECACSports.com
Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCSwimDive, #AESD, #EmbraceTheProcess
Last Time Out (CCSA & America East Championships):
UMBC took home their third straight CCSA Championship in their final year in the league. The Retrievers outlasted Gardner-Webb and Incarnate Word who finished two-three. Florida Atlantic, Old Dominion, NJIT, Howard and future America East associate member VMI rounded out the eight-team field.
The Retrievers took close out the meet with a strong final day, getting wins in the Ilia Rattsev (100 free), Alexander Gliese (200 back) and the 400 free relay team (Rattsev, Jared Vance, Connor Ganley and Gregor Spoerlein). UMBC also got first place finishes from the 800 free relay (Rattsev, Ahmed Wahby, Nikola Trajkovic, Spoerlein), Spoerlein (50 free, 200 free), and Trajkovic (200 IM).
Trajkovic set a school record in the 400 IM, the lone record broken at the meet for the Retrievers. Coach Cradock and his staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year.
For the third straight year, UMBC took down the five-team field, winning the America East Championship in dominating fashion a couple weeks back. The Retrievers scored 936.5 points, the first team to eclipse 900 points at the meet in conference history. New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Binghamton rounded out the field.
Emily Escobedo earned her fourth Swimmer of the Year award, also taking home the Dave Alexander Coaches Award for most points scored in a career at the meet. Classmate Lauren Day earned the America East Elite 17 award, while Coach Cradock and staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year.
As a team, the Retrievers earned 12 first place finishes, with Escobedo winning or having a hand in six of them. The New York native set five new school records at the meet. Freshman Devin Gromen helped the Retriever cause with a win in the 1 meter dive on day one.
Emily Escobedo will make her fourth trip to the NCAA Championships March 15-18 in Indianapolis at the IU Natatorium.