Swimming and Diving Hosts Howard This Weekend

Swimming and Diving Hosts Howard This Weekend

Baltimore, Md.— UMBC returns to the pool against the Bison on Saturday, January 10. The Retrievers have not had a meet since competing in the Patriot Invitational on November 20-22.

About the Meet with Howard: 

What: UMBC Retrievers vs. Howard University Bison

When: Saturday, January 10, 1:00 p.m.

Where: UMBC Aquatic Complex, Baltimore, Md.

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Last Time Out:

Jonas Gutzat got things going for the men, placing fifth in the 1650 free with a time of 16:15.11. Gregor Sporlein followed that up with a fourth place finish in the 100 free. Gregor would touch the wall in 45:69. Leo Endres also earned a top five finish, placing third in the 200 breast in a time of 2:07.12. Nikola Trajkovic was just behind him in 2:07.22.

The men finished third in the only relay competed on the day. The quartet of Lauri KaeiJared VanceRob Breen, and Gregor Sporlein finished in a time of 3:05.86.

On the women's side, Stephanie Romano placed fifth in the 1650 free to kick off the finals runs. Romano touched the wall in a time of 17:37.96. Emily Escobedo continued her strong weekend, picking up her third individual victory in the 200 breast. Emily finished in the 2:15.20.

The women took home eight in the in the lone relay, the 400 free relay. Allie Caulfield, Courtney Hadden, Kristie Langford, and Catherine Frediani teamed up to finish in 3:34.21.

Last Year at the Patriot Invitational:

The UMBC men's team picked up a 110-95 win over the Bison, while the women were victorious, 101-86, to move their record to 3-2 and three pool records fell on the day.

Mohamed Hussein had another big day, breaking his own pool record in the 200 IM (1:51.07) and aiding the 200 medley (1:32.44) and 200 free (1:23.70) relays to set new marks.  Hussein led off for the medley relay, handing it over to sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), junior Lauri Kaei(Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Calvius-Gymnasium).  Then, fresh off of his 200 IM record, Hussein swam the anchor leg to cap the record for Sporlein, Kaei, and senior Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island) in the 200 free race.

or the women, the Retrievers swept the relays with senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) anchoring both victories.  Tadena also won the 100 breast (1:06.83) and 200 IM (2:13.20) to move her season total up to nine dual meet wins.

Classmate Patty Hallberg (Severna Park, Md./Broadneck) also claimed a win, touching the wall first in the 200 back with a top season time of 2:11.83.

Swimming for the first time with the Retrievers, sophomore Stephanie Romano (Arlington, Va./Yorktown/Towson) won both distance freestyle events.  Romano touched in at 10:33.90 in the 1,000 free and then earned the 500 free title with a time of 5:12.14.

Sophomore diver Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) placed first in both competitions for the Retrievers.  Darelius took the three-meter event for the third time this season with a season-best score of 272.47 after winning the one-meter competition (237.67) earlier.

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.

On the Horizon:

The Retrievers will close out the dual meet portion of the season on Saturday, January 24 on senior day. UMBC will host East Carolina at 1:00 p.m. in Baltimore.