FAIRFAX, Va. – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) recorded a season-best time en route to claiming the 200-yd. IM title on the first day of the Patriot Invitational, Friday at George Mason's Aquatic and Fitness Center.
After day one, the UMBC men sit in third-place of eight squads with 224 pts., trailing just the meet-host Patriots (302.5 pts.) and UNC-Wilmington (293 pts.). The Retriever women are fifth out of nine teams with 135 pts., behind George Mason (291 pts.), George Washington (223 pts.), Richmond (205 pts.), and Seton Hall (142 pts.).
After placing fourth in the morning prelims of the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.59, Hussein trimmed it by over four seconds (1:50.25) to take first-place in the finals.
Hussein later teamed with sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), and senior Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island) to win a silver medal in the 400 medley relay.
In the women's 200 IM event, freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) also set a season-best, touching the wall in 2:06.09 to take fourth in the finals.
Senior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) earned a top-five finish in the 50-yd. free, taking a bronze medal with a finals time of 23.75. Classmate Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) placed 15th, swimming for just the third time in competition this season.
Freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) and Carey reached the finals of the men's draw, placing fifth and eighth, respectively. Sporlein also advanced to the finals in the 500 free, finishing eighth after setting a season-best time of 4:42.26 in the morning prelims.
On the diving boards, senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) continued his strong campaign, winning the 1-meter competition with a finals score of 270.40. Perkins, who has already earned a spot at the NCAA Zones meet, led a trio of Retrievers in the finals as junior Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) placed fifth (250.95) and classmate Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) took sixth (245.85).
For the women, sophomore Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) gained a silver medal in the 3-medal event, scoring a season-best 241.25 in the finals.
The UMBC swimming and diving teams continue action at the Patriot Invitational Friday morning with the event prelims beginning at 10:00 a.m. Events scheduled for Friday include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back. In addition, the women divers will compete on the 1-meter board while the men take to the 3-meter.