AUSTIN, Texas – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) opened his second NCAA Championships by competing in the 200-yd. IM, Thursday afternoon at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
Hussein competed in the last of eight heats and finished with a time of 1:45.34 to place seventh in the heat and 33rd overall. Marcin Cieslak of the University of Florida led the prelims round with a time of 1:41.15, the eighth-fastest swim in NCAA history.
Hussein is the first UMBC swimmer to compete at two NCAA Championships after reaching last year's meet in Indianapolis. At last season's meet, he became the first Retriever male swimmer, and third overall, to advance to the national stage. Since then, freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) upped UMBC's total to four by competing at last week's NCAA Women's Championships in Minneapolis.
Hussein holds six individual school records, including the top mark in the 200 IM (1:44.14), as well as the 100- (47.67) and 200-yd. backstroke (1:43.90), events which he will swim on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Thursday night finals will begin at 8:00 p.m. (EST) with the Saturday and Sunday prelims commencing each day at 12:00 p.m. (EST).