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Women’s swimming and diving repeats AEC championship

The women’s Retriever swimming and diving team inaugurated the new semester with a standout performance in Massachusetts to win their second champion in a row. The UMBC side accrued an astonishing 885 points, taking a significant lead over second place Vermont at 825.

The team’s performance was lead by junior Emily Escobedo who claimed her third successive most outstanding swimmer award. Escobedo’s performance in the 200 breast set at school, meet and conference record. She was given instant qualification to the NCAA’s due to having the fastest NCAA time this season. Second place in the same event was UMBC’s Kayla Lilly, who also performed with a valiant effort for school and team.

Coco Darelius also earned an award of note with a standout performance, taking most outstanding diver due to a first place performance in the three meter dive and second in the one meter dive.

Elsewhere in the 1650 free, up and coming Freshman Laura Massicotte claimed silver, with a spectacular 17:01 time.  Silver was also taken by Aleasha Knight in the 200 back and Hannah Sutherland in the 200 fly, where fellow Retriever Catherine Frediani took gold.

The eight medals acquired by the Women’s swimming and diving team was a quick and well earned result to start the 2016 Spring season, and the team will continue their campaign from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28.