Indianapolis, In.—UMBC swimming and diving senior Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) concluded her historic career as a Retriever with a bronze medal in the 200 breast on Saturday. Escobedo broke yet another school record in the process, swimming the eighth best time ever in the event.
"Emily capped her career off with three career best times at the championships. This is attributed to her hard work, focus and drive. Our school, department, and program are so proud of her and her amazing four year career," head coach Chad Cradock said of Escobedo. "Personally, I would like to say thank you to Emily for taking us on such an amazing ride over these past four years," he continued.
Escobedo swam a school best 2:05.72 in the prelims this morning, before shattering that mark in a time of 2:05.20 in the finals, placing third for the second straight year. Former Olympian Lilly King of Indiana won the event, setting an NCAA and American record.
Emily will finish her career as one of the most decorated swimmers in school and America East history. She has been named Honorable Mention All-American three times and All-American twice. She owns several school records and has been named America East Rookie of the Year and Swimmer of the Year four times.
As a team, UMBC finished in 24th place, thanks to the swims that Emily had this week. The Retrievers finished ahead of big name programs such as Iowa, Arizona State, Virginia Tech, Nebraska and Denver.
"Today our program finished in the top 25 in the nation. This is beyond our wildest dreams," Cradock said after the meet. "I would like to thank our alums for setting the ground work to get us to today, to our university and athletic administration for their support. I would especially like to thank Elyse Gibson, Neil Wittmer, Rob Bellamy and Petar Trifonov for all their hard work and dedication to our athletes. A big thank you to Chris Gibeau for his unwavering dedication to our teams and UMBC swimming and diving, but most importantly our teams for believing and trusting us by embracing the process."