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Hussein Breaks Egyptian National Record, Takes 29th in 200m IM at FINA World Championships
Rising Senior Mohamed Hussein
BARCELONA – UMBC rising senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) broke his own Egyptian National record while finishing 29th overall in the 200m IM, Wednesday at the 15th FINA World Championships.
“Once again, we are extremely proud of Mohamed and his accomplishments,” UMBC swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock said. “He has worked extremely hard not only to earn an opportunity to swim at the World Championships, but to compete at his best against the best in the world.”
Hussein broke his own national team record in the process with a time of 2:02.29, nearly a second faster than the mark he set last year (2:03.11) during qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games.
“He [Mohamed] recorded another big drop in the 200 IM which sets him up tremendously for the future and our upcoming season,” said Cradock. “We’re all excited to see him compete three more times against the best swimmers in the world.”
In his two seasons in Baltimore with the Retrievers, Hussein has claimed six school records, three of which were set at the 2013 NCAA Championships, and led UMBC back to the America East Championship in 2013. At the two conference meets, the Cairo, Egypt native has earned six individual gold medals and has garnered Most Outstanding Male Swimmer accolades both years. In addition, this season he was named the ECAC’s top male swimmer while also receiving CollegeSwimming.com’s National Swimmer of the Week honor following the America East Championships.
Hussein will now finish his participation at the World Championships by racing in the 50m backstroke as well as the 400m medley relay and 800m free relay.