For the third consecutive year, the UMBC Retrievers are America East Swimming and Diving Champions. It is the second straight year they have broken the total points record, this time eclipsing the 900-point mark and finishing with a record total of 936.5 points. Chad Cradock and his team are the first to win three straight titles since Roy Coates and Northeastern won five straight to start the millennium. It is the Retrievers’ sixth America East Championship, tying New Hampshire for second-most all-time.
UMBC senior Emily Escobedo was named Most Outstanding Swimmer for the fourth-straight year, becoming the second swimmer in conference history to claim the award four times. She won gold medals in six of the seven events she competed in, including the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard individual medley and three relay events. Escobedo was also presented with the Dave Alexander Coaches Award, given to the senior who has accumulated the most championship points over her career.
Hailee Miller was named Most Outstanding Diver. The junior made history on several occasions during the weekend. She became the first Wildcat to win a gold medal in an America East Championship diving event when she scored 234.15 in the 3-meter competition. 2017 also marks the first time a New Hampshire student-athlete has been named Most Outstanding Diver.
New Hampshire’s Corinne Carbone was named Most Outstanding Rookie after winning the 400 individual medley and taking home a bronze medal in the 200-yard individual medley in her first America East Championship meet.
UMBC senior Lauren Day received the Elite 17 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA among the meet’s top performers. The biology major has a GPA of 3.95 and won a gold medal in the 100-yard backstroke.
Here are the final standings:
2017 America East Swimming & Diving Championship
Final Team Standings
1. UMBC, 936.5 points
2. New Hampshire, 717.5
3. Vermont, 668
4. Maine, 396.5
5. Binghamton, 364.5
Day 4 Highlights
Emily Escobedo broke her own record in the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:06.20 on her way to a fourth consecutive gold medal in the event.
New Hampshire’s Liza Baykova won gold in the 100-yard freestyle for the third consecutive year in a time of 50.22.
Vermont’s Sarah Mantz and Sierra Sexton took silver and bronze in the 100 free, respectively.
UMBC freshman Emily Vance won gold in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:00.63. Fellow Retrievers Aleasha Knight and Kylie Danin rounded out the top-three.
Hania Moro picked up her second gold medal of the weekend, winning the 1650-yard freestyle in a time of 16:51.50. Laura Massicotte took silver, while Carly Waters wore bronze to complete the podium sweep by UMBC.
New Hampshire took the top two spots in the 200-yard butterfly, led by junior Colby Harvey, who finished in a time of 2:03:08. Sophomore Vivienne El-Sibay won the silver medal.
The 400-yard freestyle relay came down to a fingertip as New Hampshire’s time of 3:23.07 earned a gold medal for Colby Harvey, Corinne Carbone, Brittany Moffatt and Liza Baykova. UMBC finished in a time of 3:23.08 with Vermont taking third in a time of 3:24.21.