CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) broke the ECAC meet, Harvard pool, and UMBC school record, en route to winning the 200-yd. IM, Friday at Blodgett Pool at the ECAC Championships.
The two-time America East Most Outstanding Male Swimmer smashed the records, and bettered his time for the NCAA meet during the morning prelims with a mark of 1:44.60. This places him 16th in the country at this time, with two major conferences still to hold their championship meets. While not quite replicating his feat at night, Hussein won the event with a time of 1:45.18 in the finals.
If Hussein makes it to the NCAA meet in Indianapolis, he would become just the third Retriever, and first male swimmer, to qualify in program history. Jackie Wisnauskas was the first UMBC swimmer to qualify when she did so for the 200 fly in 1990, followed by Lindsey Prather in 2002 in the 200 breaststroke.
Hussein was not alone atop the standings on Friday as senior Andrew Eckhoff(Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmford) added to his recent haul by winning the 3-meter diving competition. The school record holder in the event, Eckhoff bested the field at Harvard with a score of 315.10 in the finals after scoring 299.45 in the prelims. Sophomore Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) also competed in the finals, placing fourth with a score of 263.50.
Also competing for the men on the first day of the meet, junior Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) broke into the UMBC all-time top-ten in the 50 free by finishing eighth with a career-best time of 20.76.
For the women, sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) continued her strong form on the boards, finishing second on the 1-meter by just .05. After winning the event two weeks ago at the America East Championships, Bean garnered a silver medal with a final round score of 259.45.
In the women's 200-yd. IM, senior captain Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) swam season-best 2:07.11 in the morning prelims and was just off that pace at night, taking eighth in the event with a time of 2:07.58.
Senior Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill), the 500-yd. freestyle champion at the conference meet two weeks ago, took sixth in the event at Harvard.
The ECAC Championships will continue tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with the prelims of the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, and women's 3-meter diving.