BALTIMORE – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) makes the trip west to Texas this week to compete at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, his second national meet appearance in as many years. The NCAA Championships open on Thursday, March 27 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
Hussein will compete in the 200 IM (1:44.14), along with the 100- (47.67) and 200-yd. (1:43.90) backstroke events. He owns the UMBC school record in all three events.
Last year, Hussein became the first UMBC male swimmer, and third swimmer overall in program history, to reach the NCAA Championships. He is now the first Retriever to make a return trip to the national meet while the program's total has risen to four with freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) competing last week at the 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis.
At the 2013 championship meet in Indianapolis, Hussein just missed out on the finals of the 200 IM, placing 17th in the morning prelims. He broke the school record in the process, along with slipping by his own marks in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke.
After breaking six individual school records as a junior in 2012-13, Hussein pushed further in his final collegiate campaign, updating five of his school marks, including his specialty, the 200-yd. The senior led UMBC to a second-place finish at the team's first CCSA Championships and was named the meet Most Outstanding Male Swimmer. The Retrievers earned the No. 23-ranking by CollegeSwimming.com just days following the championship meet.
The week after the CCSA meet, Hussein improved his own school records and NCAA "B" cut times in the 200 IM, 200 back, and 100 fly at the ECAC Championships, en route to gaining another Most Outstanding Male Swimmer award.
Jacque Wisnauskus became the first Retriever swimmer to reach the national stage when she competed in the 200-yd. butterfly at the 1990 NCAA Championships. Lindsey Prather followed 12 years later, swimming the 200-yd. breaststroke at the 2002 NCAA meet.