Courtesy: America East Communications

UMBC Claims 2nd Straight #AESD Championship

Release: 02/14/2016

WORCESTER, Mass. – For the second straight year, UMBC is the America East swimming & diving champion. The Retrievers won eight of the 20 events to claim the 2016 title and finished 61 points ahead of second-place New Hampshire.

UMBC, whose title is its fifth in program history, finished with a meet record 885.5 points while New Hampshire accumulated 824.5 points. Vermont placed third for the fourth-straight year, totaling 636.5 points. Maine was fourth (448 points) and Binghamton rounded out the field in fifth (329.5).

2016 America East Swimming & Diving Championship
Final Team Standings
1. UMBC, 885.5 points
2. New Hampshire, 824.5
3. Vermont, 636.5
4. Maine, 448
5. Binghamton, 329.5

The Retriever’s Emily Escobedo was named Most Outstanding Swimmer for the third-straight year, becoming just the second student-athlete to claim the award three times. Escobedo won three individual events, the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, setting meet records in all three, and was also a member of UMBC’s 200 medley relay squad which took gold and set a meet record.

UMBC’s Coco Darelius won Most Outstanding Diver honors for the second time in three campaigns. Darelius won the 3-meter dive and placed second in the 1-meter competition.

New Hampshire’s Brittany Driscoll took home Most Outstanding Rookie accolades after winning the 400 IM and contributing on UNH’s record-breaking 800 freestyle relay squad. The Wildcat’s Bettina Caspersen won the David Alexander Coaches’ Award, given to the senior who accumulated the most points at the championship over her four years. Vermont’s coaching staff was named Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time since 2009.

Vermont's Sarah Mantz claimed the 2016 Elite 18 Award, given to the student-athlete with the best GPA among the meet's best performers. Mantz, a junior, holds a 3.58 GPA in business administration. 

Day 4 Highlights

  • New Hampshire’s Jess Harper took home her third individual gold medal of the meet, starting off day three by winning the 1650-yard freestyle. Her time of 16:33.54 set new conference and meet records.
  • A pair of Wildcats won the next two events as well with freshman Linnea Lemerise winning the 200 backstroke (200.28) and Liza Baykova claiming the 100 freestyle (49.81) for her third win of the weekend. 
  • Escobedo shattered the meet record in the 200 breaststroke and finished more than 12 seconds ahead of any other swimmer (2:06.21). Her time met the NCAA-A cut standard, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships.
  • UMBC’s senior Catherine Frediani ended her collegiate career with a personal best and a gold medal in the 200-yard butterfly, hitting the wall in 2:02.66
  • New Hampshire capped off the meet with a win in the 400 yard freestyle. The top three teams (UNH, UMBC, Vermont) were separated by just .31 seconds with the Wildcats touching first (3:35.40).