UMBC Picked To Continue Its Reign In The Pool
When UMBC captured the America East Swimming & Diving Championship in 2004, it was the first championship the University had in any sport since joining the conference. Since then, the Retrievers have yet to look back. Winner of the last five titles, the Retrievers set the America East record for most points scored by a men’s team in a championship with 929 points last year. UMBC earned eight gold medals, none of which were by graduating seniors. Sophomore Brad Reitz, who earned last year’s Most Outstanding Rookie award, took gold in the 200 butterfly, the 100 fly and was part of the America East Championship record-setting 800 freestyle relay.
The Bearcats brought home last year’s Most Outstanding
Swimmer Award in senior Brenno Varanda, who will be returning in a big way for
the Bearcats. Varanda earned first place
in the 400 IM, the 200 breaststroke, and the 200 IM in last year’s
championship. Coupled with the return of
junior Philip Dzieniszewski, who placed first in the 50 yard freestyle,
The Seawolves will have a strong leader in sophomore Lukasz Ochmanski who was the overall winner of last year’s mile. The relay team will look to improve on its second-place finish in the 400 yard freestyle graduating only two from that squad. Senior diver Julian Acevedo, who already holds school records in the one and three meter dive, is expected to generate valuable points for Stony Brook down the stretch.
Led by junior Jeremy Bender, the Maine Black Bears are
looking to rebound from their fifth-place finish at last year’s championship. Bender had two top-eight finishes last year,
finishing above his seed and landing seventh overall in the mile. After hosting last year,