Sorry I’ve been MIA from the blog lately- your applications have kept us all EXTREMELY busy! I love hearing about how much you have grown during your time in high school, your fun stories, your educational goals, your trials and tribulations, and all the other fun things that you have been writing about in your essays. With all the writing you have been doing for us, it is time for us to switch roles; I’ll do the writing and you can do the reading this time!
Things on the UMBC campus have been busy as usual. Between the construction on the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, the addition to Patapsco Hall, and the crazy Maryland weather (it’s hard to believe I was wearing open-toed shoes to work on Friday and we had a noon opening on Tuesday due to the snow), we have been kept on our toes. But I wanted to fill you in on some exciting accomplishments our student-athletes are making!
About 45 minutes ago, the UMBC Women’s Basketball team defeated the University of Albany to clinch the America East Title with a little help from Binghamton beating Boston University. After winning 6 games in a row, the Lady Dawgs will not only get to hang a banner in the RAC, but will also have the luxury of not having to travel at all during the America East Basketball Tournament. If the girls can win out, they will have an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament! If you want to keep up with the team as they prepare for the tournament, make sure you are following the team on Twitter – @UMBCwbb
On Monday both the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams claimed the America East title as well. The Men’s team continued their dominance, winning their 8th straight title. The Women’s team brought the title back to Baltimore and captured their 3rd title. Three Retrievers earned high honors- senior Brad Reitz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) earned the Male Coaches’ Award, for the most points accumulated over a four-year career, after earning 223 in his Retriever career. Junior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) was named the Most Outstanding Female Swimmer, while freshman Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) was named Most Outstanding Male Rookie. UMBC also were named Men’s Co-Coaching Staff of the Year.
So the Retrievers have won an America East title in the fall season (Men’s Soccer) and two titles in the winter season; can we make it 3/3 by having the spring sports teams bring home at least one title? The season is just getting underway, but I have a good feeling!
It’s time for me to head to bed- we have a full day of application reading tomorrow! Keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing everyone on campus sometime this spring!