Hussein Breaks Pool Record as Swimming and Diving Cruises to Sweep of Howard

Senior Mohamed Hussein

BALTIMORE – Senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) broke the UMBC pool record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.92 as the UMBC swimming and diving team swept Howard, Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Aquatic Complex.  The men's team handled the Bison 127-111 while the women's team was victorious by a score of 125-104.

Hussein, who broke three school records in his first season with the Retrievers, set a new standard in the 200 IM on Saturday by passing Kevin Goh's time of 1:52.44 which was set in 2001.  The senior also won the 100 back (54.09) against the Bison to increase his individual event win total to a team-best 11 for the year.

21 other Retrievers won at least one event against Howard, including eight athletes who picked up their first win of the season. 

Along with Hussein, sophomore Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) also won multiple events, picking up victories in the 100 breast (1:01.50) and 200 back (1:58.13).

The women's team had three athletes win multiple events, paced by senior Claire Barron (Lowestoft, England/Benjamin Britten/New Orleans) who won the 200 free (1:57.09) and 200 IM (2:12.81) for her first wins of the year.  Junior Talor Tadena (Orangevale, Calif./Bella Vista) won the 100 breast (1:11.63) and 500 free (5:18.62) while sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) swept the diving events with scores of 254.32 in the 1-meter and 232.05 in the 3-meter.

Seniors Elise Blaschke (Washington Township, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep), Amy Fay (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill), Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross), and Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas), along with junior Erika Ronning (Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township), sophomore Lexi Coon (Camden, Del./Milford), and freshmen Catherine Frediani (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and Kristie Langford (Port Hope, Ontario/CDCI West) also won events for the Retrievers.

For the men, senior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) won both diving events scoring a season-best 318.60 in the 1-meter competition while earning a 295.80 in the 3-meter event.

Meanwhile, senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) won the 200-yd. butterfly for the third time this year with a season-best time of 1:51.08.

In addition, classmate Herol Marjak (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science), juniors Evan Carey (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island), Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) and Johan Rohtla (Tallinn, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science),and  sophomores Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) and Mark Tracy (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) each won one event on Saturday.

The Retrievers now have a short rest period before traveling on Thursday, Nov. 15 for the Patriot Invitational, hosted by George Mason.  The three-day competition will consist of two sessions each day beginning in the morning at 10 a.m.