February 28, 2014

Hussein and Sporlein Victorious on Day One of ECAC Championships

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) won the 200-yd. IM and broke his own school record while freshman Gregor Sporelin (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) captured the 50-yd. freestyle event on Day One of the ECAC Championships, Friday night at the U.S. Naval Academy's Lejeune Hall.

Looking to reach the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, Hussein bettered his school record and NCAA "B" cut time from 1:44.44 to 1:44.40 Friday morning, for the top time of the prelim round.  At night, the senior bested the field and himself once again, taking the title with a new top time of 1:44.14.  The mark also beats out the ECAC Championships mark of 1:44.60 set by Hussein last year at Harvard.

Last year, Hussein became the first Retriever male athlete, and third overall, to reach the national meet.  If he can advance this season, he would become the first UMBC swimmer to reach the national stage twice.

In the morning session, freshman Steven Rigby (Bowie, Md./Bowie) recorded a career-best swim of 1:59.19 in the 200 IM event.

A week after setting the school record in the 50-yd. free (20.29) at the CCSA Championships, Sporlein took the top spot in the event at the Naval Academy to win gold.  The rookie placed third in the morning session, touching in at 20.91, but outdid the field in the finals by finishing at the 20.41 mark.

Senior Brian Keane (Hanson, Mass./Boston College HS/Arizona) also swam in the short sprint event, finishing with a time of 21.90.

Freshman Austin Moore (Takoma Park, Md./Northwood) competed in the prelims of the 500-yd. freestyle, completing his swim with a time of 4:51.28.

The 2014 ECAC Championships continue at Navy on Sunday morning with the prelims of the 200 medley relay at 10:00 a.m.