INDIANAPOLIS – Having already broken his career-bests and school records in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle, UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) concluded the NCAA Championships by resetting his mark in the 200 backstroke, Saturday morning at the IU Natatorium.
Hussein finished 37th overall in the event with a new UMBC record-time of 1:44.90. Wisconsin's Andrew Teduits recorded the fastest time of the morning session, clocking in at 1:39.19.
"We as a program are extremely proud of Mohamed in his first appearance at the Championships," head coach Chad Cradock said. "Very few men are able to set three personal-bests, let alone school records, at this type of meet and he did that."
In his first full season with the Retrievers, Hussein became the first male swimmer, and third UMBC swimmer overall to ever compete at the national championships. Previously, Jackie Wisnauskus and Lindsey Prather had qualified for the Retrievers in 1990 and 2002, respectively.
After breaking onto the scene in the spring of 2012, Hussein surpassed his own accomplishments this season. In the fall, he broke the UMBC Aquatic Complex record in the 200 IM in a meet with Howard and continued his success by leading the UMBC men to just their second-ever undefeated dual meet season.
Hussein rose to new heights at the post-season meets, garnering Most Outstanding Male Swimmer honors at both the America East Championships and the ECAC Championships. Following the conference meet in Maine, Hussein was named the National Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com.
Overall, the junior swimmer owns six individual school records in addition to aiding the 400 free relay team to a new program-best time of 2:58.47 at the ECAC meet.