AUSTIN, Texas – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) finished competiton at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships by setting a new personal-best and school record in the 200-yd. backstroke, Saturday afternoon at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
Hussein completed his UMBC career by placing third in the first of six heats, and 34th overall, with a top personal and school time of 1:43.06. His time clips his previous top school mark of 1:43.90 which he set at the ECAC Championships at Navy on March 2.
Ryan Murphy from California led all swimmers in the prelim round with a time of 1:39.16.
The senior has rewritten the Retriever record book during the past three seasons for UMBC. He currently holds six individual school records, two of which he reset at the 2014 NCAA Championships, while also helping four relay teams claim top school marks.
This year, he helped UMBC claim a second-place finish at the team's first-ever CCSA Championships and was named the meet's Co-Most Outstanding Male Swimmer, and a week later gained the ECAC Most Outstanding Swimmer award.
Last season, Hussein became the first Retriever male swimmer, and third overall, to reach the national meet. Freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) upped that total to four just last week as she competed at the 2014 Women's NCAA Championships in Minnesota. Jacque Wisnaskus was the first UMBC to reach the NCAA meet when she competed at the 1990 championships and Lindsey Prather followed her at the 2002 meet.