Spring Update: Gliese, Moro Break Records at 2017 arena Pro Swim Series

Alexander Gliese (left) broke the Danish National Record in the 200 back and Hania Moro now holds the Egyptian National Record in the 800 free (Photos provided by Chad Cradock).
Alexander Gliese (left) broke the Danish National Record in the 200 back and Hania Moro now holds the Egyptian National Record in the 800 free (Photos provided by Chad Cradock).

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sophomores Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Hania Moro (New Cairo, Egypt) each broke national records while competing at the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series Santa Clara over the weekend.

In the 200 back time trial, Gliese broke the Danish national record by .06, clocking in at 2:01.31. The time also registered as a FINA B cut for Gliese. In other events at the Grand Prix, Gliese placed 26th in the 400 free with a time of 4:03.84 while placing 11th in the 100 back, touching in at 57.19.

"We are so excited for our swimmers. They had an amazing week, and we are focused and ready for the future," said UMBC head swimming and diving coach Chad Cradock. "We saw many best times this meet. We are so proud of Alex and Hania for their national records."

Moro became an Egyptian national record-holder for the second time this spring, clocking in at 8:53.24 in the 800 free, placing sixth overall; she also set the national mark in the 400 free in April. Moro also took part in the women's 400 free (14th, 4:19.39) and the 200 free (16th, 2:05.12).

Seven other members of the UMBC swimming and diving program also took part in events at the Grand Prix. Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y.) placed second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:26.91, while taking fourth in the 100 breast in a time of 1:09.80. Escobedo also competed in the 200 IM, clocking in with a time of 2:16.06, taking fifth place.

Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia) swam in four events, including placing 16th in the 400 IM with a time of 4:31.28. Trajkovic also placed 17th in the 200 breast, touching in at personal best 2:21.17. He also competed in the 200 IM, placing 24th with a time of 2:09.95, and the 100 breast, touching in at a time of 1:05.79 for 24th place.

Gregor Spoerlein (Bamberg, Germany) set a personal best in the 100 fly, touching in at a time of 55.76. Spoerlein also placed in the 200 free (34th, 1:54.22), 50 free (30th, 23.95), and 100 free (35th, 52.01).

Connor Ganley (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) placed 25th in the 200 breast with a time of 2:22.87 and 32nd in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.69.

Ahmed Wahby (Maadi, Egypt) also recorded a personal best as he took 21st in the 200 back, touching in with a time of 2:02.25. Wahby also placed 47th in the 100 fly with a time of 56.55.

Garrett Wlochowski (Manchester, Conn.) placed in the 200 back (25th, 2:08.63) and 100 back (26th, 59.60), while junior Jared Vance (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) placed 35th in the 100 back, clocking in at 1:06.57, and 81st in the 100 free with a time of 53.97.

Former Retriever Mohamed Hussein also competed at the event, finishing fifth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.71, 11th in the 200 back, touching in with a time of 2:03.32, 24th in the 100 free with a time of 51.39.