Escobedo Named to 2017-18 USA Swimming National Team

Former UMBC standout Emily Escobedo is the first Retriever named to the USA Swimming National Team
Former UMBC standout Emily Escobedo is the first Retriever named to the USA Swimming National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -  Former UMBC women's swimming and diving standout Emily Escobedo has been named to the 2017-18 USA Swimming national team, the organization announced Tuesday.

Escobedo qualified for the team in the 200 breast at the 2017 US Open back in August with a preliminary time of 2:23.88. She is also the first Retriever to ever be named to the national team.

"We are so proud of Emily.  Over her four years at UMBC, she always gave the best of herself," said head swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock. "With her hard work and dedication, she was able to improve a great deal to the point that she is a world competitor.  Emily making the National team is UMBC's first and we could not be more proud of her and the process which got her there."

Joining Escobedo in the 200 breast will be Bethany Galat, Lilly King, Kayla Brumbaum, Miranda Tucker, and Vanessa Pearl.

The 2017-18 USA Swimming National Team features 115 of the top six athletes in each individual Olympic event from the combined results of the 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships, 2017 FINA World Championships, 2017 World University Games and the 2017 U.S. Open.

"USA Swimming enjoyed outstanding performances across the board this summer at the FINA World Championships, World University Games and domestically," said Frank Busch, USA Swimming National Team Director. "It was a tremendous first year of the Olympic squad for Team USA swimmers, and these athletes will look to build on these successes as they approach the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo."