Swimming and Diving, 2003-04
In February 2004, the men's swimming and diving team made school history by becoming the first Retriever team to win an American East Conference Championship. The women’s team captured second place. The Retriever’s 901-point score was well ahead of second place Binghamton’s 574 points, and the score also was greater than the conference record set by Drexel University in 2001 when they scored 809.5. UMBC’s senior Brad Green broke the conference record in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, and was named Men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer.
UMBC entered the America East Conference in Fall 2003, going from the Big South Conference to the Northeast Conference to the AEC in just eleven years and transforming its image as a small local sports school to a university capable of recruiting both nationally and internationally.