Barron and Hussein Victorious on Second Day of ECAC Championships

Junior Mohamed Hussein
Junior Mohamed Hussein

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC senior Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) won the 100-yd. breaststroke and junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) won the 200-yd. freestyle as the Retrievers competed on the second day of the ECAC Championships, Saturday at Blodgett Pool at Harvard University.

Coming into the finals seeded second, Barron swam a strong second 50 to win the title with a time of 1:03.81, just one-one hundredth off her season-best time which she posted in the event finals at the America East Championships. 

Hussein, meanwhile, entered the finals as the top seed, and held on to the spot, besting second-place finisher Andy Vazquez of Boston University by more than a second.  Though not quite on his school record pace of 1:36.83, Hussein posted his second-fastest time of the year (1:37.47).  Junior Evan Carey also reached the finals for the Retrievers, finishing fourth with a career-best time of 1:39.97.

On the diving boards, sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) carried her form over from the 1-meter to win another silver medal on Saturday.  After missing the gold in the low board event by .05, Bean placed second on the high dive with a final's score of 250.35.  Freshman Corinna Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) placed seventh by scoring 234.96 in the finals.  Both divers will compete in two weeks at the NCAA Zones at Virginia Tech.

Senior Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) was back on the medal stand for the Retrievers, winning a silver in the 200 free. A day after finishing sixth in the 500, Fay rebounded to finish second in the shorter distance with a time of 1:51.15.

Sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) and junior Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) also swam for UMBC on Saturday.  Kaei took fifth in the 100 back and seventh in the 100 fly, while his countryman finished seventh in the 100 back.

The Retrievers finish up the competition at Harvard on Sunday with the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, men's 1-meter diving, and 400 free relays.