Hussein Breaks Record as Men Sit in Second; Women in Third after Day Two at America East Championships

Mohamed Hussein won the 200 IM in record time
Mohamed Hussein won the 200 IM in record time

Day Two Results

BOSTON, MASS. – The UMBC swimming and diving teams each picked up individual wins on Friday at the America East Swimming and Diving Championships at Boston University's Aquatics Center.

After Day Two, the men's squad sits in second place with 284 points, just behind host Boston University (285).  Binghamton is third (200), while Stony Brook (145) and Maine (109) round out the standings.

The UMBC women rank third after the second day with 233 points. Boston University sits atop the standings with 256 points, with New Hampshire trailing in second with 238.5 points.  Vermont (150), Stony Brook (142), Binghamton (127) and Maine (115.5) place fourth through seventh, respectively.

Junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt) led the charge for the Retriever men, claiming gold in the 200 IM in a record breaking time of 1:47.64. With his time, the mid-year transfer broke the UMBC, championship meet and America East record, in addition to stopping the watch in an NCAA consideration time.

Junior Herol Marjak (Harjumma, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) and classmate Mike McGee (Chalfont, Pa./LaSalle College HS) also picked up valuable points for the Retrievers, claiming sixth and eighth, respectively, in the championship heat.

UMBC also picked up a win in the 500 free as junior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) successfully defended his title in a time of 4:27.30.  Freshman Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) and sophomore Chalie Melesh (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis/Pfeiffer)placed sixth and eighth for the Retrievers.

In the 50-yd. free, juniors Steve Gallagher (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and Reijo Hyvenen (Vantaa, Finland/Makelanrinteen Lukio/LSU) claimed silver and bronze for UMBC.

In the day's final event, Gallagher and Hyvenen combined with Hussein and Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallin Seconday Science) to claim a silver in the 200 free relay with a UMBC record time of 1:21.04.

For the women, senior Abbey McKenney (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) reclaimed her gold in the 50 free, beating the field with a time of 23.60.  Sophomore Erika Ronning (Western Spring, Ill./Lyons Township) and senior Ashley Miller (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) were also on the medal stand, finishing third and seventh.

Miller and Ronning then combined with Klara Pavelkova (Praugue, Czech Republic/Gymnasium Pripotocni) and Laura Tilman (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) to claim top honors in the 200 free relay to close the day with a win.

Junior Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) led UMBC in the 200 IM, taking fifth place in a time of 2:04.79.

In the women's 500 free, junior Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) finished eighth for the Retrievers, touching the wall in 4:55.19.

Freshman Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) picked up and eighth place finish in the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 223.80 in the finals.

The 2012 America East Championships continue Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for prelims in the 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, 200 free and 400 IM.