Swimming and Diving Tangles with George Washington on Saturday

Swimming and Diving Tangles with George Washington on Saturday

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC will head to our nation's capital on Saturday for the last dual meet of the fall. The Retrievers are coming off sweeps at the CCSA North Invitational last Saturday and Sunday. In the process, head coach Chad Cradock earned his 200th career victory.  

Last Time Out:

UMBC took home wins at the CCSA North Invitational held at the UMBC Aquatic Complex. The Retrievers knocked off Gardner-Webb, NJIT, and VMI.

Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium)  led the men with three individual wins on the weekend. Sporlein took first in the 50 free (21.33), 100 free (46.30), and 200 free (1:41.18). Gregor was also a part of the 400 free relay team that won in a time of 3:06.72. Senior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) took home first in both diving disciplines, winning the 1 meter with a score of 293.55 and the 3 meter with a score of 332.33.

Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) paced the women last weekend with wins in the 200 breast (2:18.57), 400 IM (4:30.20), 200 IM (2:06.68), and 100 breast (1:05.25). Freshman Allie Caulfield (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) continued the strong start to her rookie campaign with wins in the 100 free (53.26), 50 free (24.99), and 200 free (1:55.31).

Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) won both diving competitions with a win in the 1 meter (247.80) and 3 meter (300.60) dives. In the process both Darelius and Green, as well as senior Pak Lam Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) qualified for NCAA Zone competition in the spring.  

Last Year with the Colonials:

Tim Perkins and Coco Darelius swept the diving competitions for the Retrievers, as UMBC took down George Washington 145-109 for the men and 134-113 for the women.

Mohammed Hussein and Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium) took home two wins each in the 100 back and fly for Hussein, and the 100 and 200 breast for Endres. Sporlein picked up a victory in the 100 free.

Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West) led the Retrievers with a win in the 200 free. Escobedo was two time winner in the 100 and 200 breast.

Records Are Made to Be Broken:

Head Coach Chad Cradock earned his 200th win last weekend at the CCSA North Invitational. Cradock has an overall record of 200-66-1 (.749) over his 14 seasons at UMBC. Coco Darelius also broke a school record during the CCSA North Invite. Coco scored a 300.60 on the 3 meter boards, breaking Ashley Houghton's previous record of 300.16 set back in 2006.

Conference Honors:

Gregor Sporlein and Ryan Green took home CCSA Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors for the week ending 10/12. Both Sporlein and Green were key contributors to UMBC's 158-125 victory over Rider on Saturday, October 11. The two also took home the awards this past week for the week ending 10/19. Coco Darelius and Emily Escobedo won America East Swimmer and Diver of the week honors this past week.


The men welcome 12 freshmen to campus for the 2014-15 season. Coach Cradock has brought in a number of individuals who will look to make an immediate impact for the Retrievers. Of those freshmen, five come surrounding areas of Maryland, while Cradock has also gone overseas to bring in a trio of international swimmers.

On the women's side, ten rookies will enter the pool for the Retrievers. Half of the incoming class (Allison Atkinson, Allie Caulfield, Brooke St. Martin, Carly Waters, and Katie Young) all reside from the state of Maryland.  Rory McKenna (Coatesville, Pa./Downingtown West) will come in a look to make an immediate impact on the boards.

Key Returners

The Retrievers will return several swimmers and divers who had strong showings at the conference meets a year ago.

On the men's side, seniors Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Pak Lam Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) swept the diving events at the CCSA Championships. Green took home gold in the 3 meters, while Wong won the 1meter event.

In the pool, senior Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) took home silver in the 1,650 free, while sophomore Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) finished in seventh. Sophomore Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) won gold in the 100 free, with senior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) earned bronze in the event.

The women will have junior Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) return from her NCAA appearance on the diving boards. Darelius swept both disciplines at the America East Championships last season.

Juniors Stephanie Romano (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Towson) and Courtney Hadden (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) will return after strong showings at the conference meet a year ago. Senior Lexi Coon (Camden, Del./Medford), junior Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West) and sophomore Hannah Sutherland (Kingston, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) will also be key contributors to the Retrievers this year.

2013-14 in Review

Last year saw several Retrievers make an impact and take the team to new heights. Emily Escobedo represented the Retrievers at the NCAA Championships, becoming the third female and fourth swimmer overall to compete at the national meet. Several other swimmers competed in national competition, including three men (Ryan Green, Tim Perkins and Pak Lam Wong) and Darelius who competed at NCAA Zones.

The UMBC women posted a 4-3 record in dual meets and then finished second for the third straight year at the America East Championships. During the year, the Retrievers earned wins against Rider, George Washington, Howard, and Catawba. At the America East Championships, freshman Emily Escobedo won two gold medals, as well as a bronze medal, to earn the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award.  She was also named the Most Outstanding Rookie.

After a successful 5-2 dual meet season, which included a road win at Old Dominion, the UMBC men inished in second place at the team's first CCSA Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. During the year, the Retrievers earned wins against Rider, George Washington, Old Dominion, Howard, and Catawba. At the CCSA Championships, the UMBC team broke 12 of 20 program records while finishing second behind the University of the Incarnate Word.  The Retrievers swept the four major coaching and athlete awards at the meet (see below).

Rookie Steals the Show

Sophomore Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) had a break out year for the Retrievers in 2013-14. She became the third female, and fourth swimmer overall, in program history to advance to the NCAA Championships, competing in the 200-yd. IM, 100- and 200-yd. breaststroke events at the national meet in Minneapolis. She finished in 52nd in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.52 at the NCAA Championships. Emily was named America East Most Outstanding Female Swimmer and Most Outstanding Rookie.  

On the Horizon:

The Retrievers will have a long layoff between meets. The next meet for the Retrievers will come in the form of the George Mason Invitational on November 20-22. The meet will commence each day at 10:00 a.m. from Fairfax, Virginia.