#retriever50for50- Hussein Becomes First UMBC Male Swimmer to Compete at the NCAA Championships

#retriever50for50- Hussein Becomes First UMBC Male Swimmer to Compete at the NCAA Championships

The 2012-13 season would prove to be a special one for the UMBC men's swimming and diving team. It would be the final year that the team competed in the America East before moving the CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association), where they won their ninth league title in ten years. However the shining moment came from then junior Mohamed Hussein, who comes in at No. 17 on the #retriever50for50 countdown, who became the first Retriever male swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships, competing in three events from March 28-30, 2013.

Hussein proved to be one of the best swimmers in program history up to that point, and the Egypt native added to his legacy by competing in in the 200 IM, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke events. He became just the third ever UMBC swimmer to make it to the national meet, joining Jackie Wisnauskas and Lindsey Prather.

Earlier that year, Hussein won three individual gold, set four school records, and broke three meet and conference records at the America East Championships, before breaking records at the ECAC Championships a week later.

At the championships held at the IU Natatorium on the campus of the University of Indiana, he wasted little time breaking the school record in the 200 IM, placing 17th in a time of 1:44.44. The very next day he broke yet another school mark in the 200 free, taking 37th in a time of 1:36.55. Hussein would complete the trifecta, setting a new school mark in the 200 back with a time of 1:44.90.

The Egypt native would make a return trip to NCAA's the next year, becoming the first swimmer to make multiple trips to the national meet, a feat that would later be shared with current UMBC senior Emily Escobedo.

During his illustrious career, Hussein would garner Swimmer of the Year honors by both the America East and CCSA, while breaking six individual and four relay school records during his two and half years in Baltimore. He would go on to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 200 IM, taking 25th.