AUBURN, Ala. – UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) took first place, broke the Egyptian national record and qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the 200m IM Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Classic at the Martin Aquatics Center.
Hussein, who has already qualified for the Summer Games in the 100m freestyle, becomes the first Egyptian swimmer to ever make the cut for two events at a single Olympic Games. Also, he is the second UMBC swimmer to make the Olympics following Mehdi Addadi who qualified for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney for his native country, Algeria.
At Auburn competing for the Retriever Aquatic Club, the junior bested the field with a time 2:03.11, over nine seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Hussein came to UMBC in December and immediately impressed the Retrievers and took the America East by storming earning Most Outstanding Swimmer accolades at the conference meet in Boston back in February. At the championships he won three individual gold medals – 100-yd. backstroke, 200-yd. IM and 200 back – in record setting time. His pace of 1:47.64 in the 200-yd. IM broke the conference, pool and UMBC record while his time of 1:46.70 in the 200-yd back broke the UMBC school record. He also broke the conference and pool record when he won the 100 back (48.92), but then set an even better standard with his 48.66 split as a part of the silver medal winning 400 medley relay.
During the dual meet season, Hussein won eight individual events and helped the Retrievers earn a relay win in just three meets.
The 2012 Olympic Summer Game held in London will begin with an Opening Ceremony on July 27. The swimming events during the Games will be held at the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park and will run from Sat., July 28 through Sat., Aug. 4.