UMBC Women’s Swimming and Diving Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Status

Umbc_retriev_logoUMBC women’s swimming and diving was one of 406 schools across the country to earn CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) Scholar All-America status. The Retrievers finished the year as America East Champions, after coming from behind on the final day to win.

Head Coach Chad Cradock’s squad UMBC finished the spring semester with a 3.45 grade point average to earn the distinction. The honor is bestowed to schools that finish the spring semester as a team with a 3.00 GPA or better.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has designated a record 406 collegiate swimming and diving programs as Scholar All-America Teams. The recognition comes as a result of the programs’ classroom performance in the past semester. It is the first time in the program’s 30+ year history of the program that more than 600 men’s and women’s teams, representing 406 institutions, received the designation.

Four Retrievers Earn CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors

Umbc_retriev_logoThree UMBC swimmers and one diver earned CSCAA Scholar All-American status, as announced by the CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) on Wednesday. Rising seniors Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), as well as rising junior Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium) and rising sophomore Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazija) earned the honor for their work in the pool and in the classroom.

The quartet was chosen because of their excellence in the pool and in the classroom. Student-athletes were chosen by having a 3.50 grade point average, and participating in their respective NCAA swimming or diving championships, or having a “B” time standard for those meets.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected a record 810 swimmers and divers to its Scholar All-America team, highlighted by CSCAA Swimmers-of-the-Year Missy Franklin and Ryan Murphy from California, Sarah Thompson (Williams) and Andrew Wilson (Emory).

An additional 1,078 swimmers and divers were recognized as Honorable-Mention selections Student athletes were designated based on their performance in the classroom and the pool. In total 284, institutions placed at least one swimmer or diver on the either the first team or Honorable Mention lists.

Jaan Kononov ’16, Men’s Tennis, Ranked No. 7 in Final ITA Atlantic Rankings

Seven is a lucky number for the UMBC men’s tennis program.

Umbc_retriev_logoIn the final 2016 ITA rankings, the Retrievers were ranked No. 7 in the brutally tough Atlantic region. Moreover, rising senior Jaan Kononov (Estonia/Armstrong State) earned the No. 7 ranking of the top 20 players in the region and was ranked 110th in the nation.

Kononov’s final year ranking is the highest ever for a UMBC tennis player. UMBC Hall of Famer Josef Novotny ended the 2004 season slotted at No. 8 in the Northeast region

UMBC posted a 12-6 record in 2015, which included road victories over No. 6 VCU and No. 10 William & Mary. The Retrievers advanced to the semifinals in their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, before losing a tough 4-2 decision to No. 59 Wichita State.

UMBC/HHMI Meyerhoff Video Wins Telly Award

The inspiring video “Strength in Numbers: Inside the Meyerhoff Scholars Program” has won a 2015 Telly Award.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) created this video for a feature article in The HHMI Bulletin focused on the supportive community at the heart of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program.

“Strength in Numbers” was filmed at the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars retreat in the fall of 2013 and featured several scholars speaking about how the program has helped them. It is available to view through the HHMI website.

Blossom Tewelde ’14, biochemistry and molecular biology, spoke to The HHMI Bulletin about the importance of diversity in the sciences. “I can count on one hand all of the black female physician-scientists I’ve met in my life,” she said. “It can be hard to imagine yourself somewhere without that picture in your mind.”

Tewelde went on to talk about how she’s giving back to the Meyerhoff community as a peer advisor, saying, “I will support younger scholars the same way I’ve been supported. It’s just something about Meyerhoff—there’s a sense of ownership. Any Meyerhoff anywhere will take you in with open arms.”

The Telly Awards program honors top videos, films, and commercials, and received nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries this year. “Strength in Numbers” received a bronze in the nonprofit online video category.

Jeff Liu, UMBC Volleyball, Completes Summer with US Women’s National Team

LIU-_JeffreyUMBC volleyball assistant coach Jeffrey Liu recently completed his second summer tour with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team in Anaheim, Calif. from May 19th – June 13th.

Liu contributed to research conducted by Joe Trinsey, US Women’s National Team Technical Coordinator, and helped on-court with small-group tutoring drills and set up for the Red/Blue scrimmages and two USA Volleyball Cup matches against China held in Southern California.

After recruiting for UMBC and running the UMBC Volleyball Camp, Liu will be working as an assistant coach for both the USA Volleyball High Performance Select A2 Invitational Team in Colorado Springs and Select A3 Training Program in Las Vegas.

Ramon Goings, Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars, Named Managing Editor of JAAME

ramongoingsRamon Goings, program coordinator for the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program, has been named managing editor for the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME). JAAME is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to advancing scholarship and practice on African American males in education.

Goings has previously written for JAAME, publishing an article about the successes and challenges of black male educators in the journal earlier this year.

Qassim Abdullah, GES, Awarded ASPRS Presidential Citation

Abdullah_ResizedQassim Abdullah, adjunct professor of geography and environmental systems for UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove, was awarded the Presidential Citation from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Presidential Citations are given by the ASPRS President in recognition of contributions to the operation or advancement of the Society and its interests.

Abdullah received the award at the 2015 ASPRS Conference on Wednesday, May 6, in Tampa, Florida for authoring “Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geo-spatial Data”.

Click here to read more about Abdullah’s award and work.