INDIANAPOLIS – UMBC junior swimmer Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) has qualified for the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, becoming the third Retriever to ever reach the national meet, the NCAA announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Hussein becomes the first member of the men's swimming and diving program to reach the NCAA Championships after Jackie Wisnauskas and Lindsey Prather reached the championships for the Retrievers in 1990 and 2002, respectively.
"Since 1986, UMBC and UMBC athletics have supported our swimming and diving team. The team was first coached by Sid Burkot and then I followed," said current head coach Chad Cradock. "We as a program have broken many records, had undefeated seasons, won numerous championships, had Olympians and had two women's NCAA qualifiers. We have never had a male make the meet, until now."
The versatile junior advances to the national meet to compete in the 200 IM (1:44.60), 200 free (1:36.83), and 200 backstroke events (1:45.23). Hussein holds the school record in each of these disciplines, breaking each mark during the 2012-13 season. In addition, he set the UMBC Aquatic Complex mark in the 200 IM (1:51.92) during the Retrievers' meet with Howard on Nov. 10.
After bursting onto the scene in the spring of 2012 as a transfer, Hussein replicated and pushed past his previous success as a junior. The Cairo, Egypt native won three individual gold medals, set four school records, and broke three meet and conference records at the America East Championships in February, en route to being named the conference's Most Outstanding Swimmer for the second-straight year.
Then, two weeks later at the ECAC Championships at Harvard, Hussein broke his own school marks in the 200 IM and 200 back, as well as setting new UMBC-bests in the 50 (20.33) and 100 free (43.86). The junior won both the 200 events, in addition to leading the 400 free relay team to a new school record and NCAA consideration time.
"I am so proud of our program and thank the many coaches over the years, our administration (school and Athletics) that supports our program day in and out, our amazing alumni who have built the foundation of this program, and our current team members who have pushed each other to be better and stronger student-athletes," said Cradock. "We would not have made it here without all of you. Lastly Mohamed; I thank him for bringing his very best to our program each and every day. We are so proud of him for helping us bring our program to a new level. We are looking forward to our trip to Indy and know that he will give us his very best at the 2013 NCAA Championships."
The 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The meet will being on Thursday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. with the trials for the 200 free relay, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay and 1-meter diving competition. The finals for each event will be conducted during the evening session, beginning at 7:00 p.m.