BUDAPEST, Hungary – UMBC Swimming and Diving junior Hania Moro (New Cairo, Egypt) and UMBC graduate student Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) recently took to the pool to compete at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, while junior Haythem Abdelkhalek (Ariana, Tunisia) took to Lake Balaton for the Open Water. This meet follows the summer after an Olympic year and brings the world's best swimmers to one place at one time.
"I could not be more proud of our swimmers performing on the world's biggest stage. They handled themselves with focus and drive all week," head coach Chad Cradock said. "Having the opportunity to be with them was not only a pleasure but an honor."
Moro placed in the top 30 in the world in two events, including finishing 26th in the 800 free with a time of 8:54.30. She also placed 28th in the 400 free with a time of 4:21.67.
"This was Hania's first time on the World stage and she dropped so much time over the last year to be able to attend this meet," Cradock said. "She performed so well and proved why she is the Egyptian National Record Holder."
Abdelkhalek finished 23rd in the world in the 25km, clocking in the event with a time of 5:42:50.7. He also competed in the 10km and 5km.
"I was able to see Haytehm swim in the 25 km race and it was such an amazing experience," Cradock mentioned. "Watching all the athletes compete was amazing and many of those pulled out of the race. Haythem stayed focused and driven the whole time. It was an experience of a lifetime."
Hussein also competed at the event, taking 17th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.68. He also swam the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay, recording his best split with a time of 49.27 and helped the Egyptian team break the national record by two seconds.
"It is great to see Mohamed finishing so well. He is back to his times from two years ago when he hit all best times. I am super excited for his performances," Cradock said.