CHARLOTTE, N.C. – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) and junior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) have swept the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) end-of-year awards, the conference office announced on Monday afternoon.
Hussein earned the CCSA Swimmer of the Year award after another record-breaking year, the first season for the Retrievers in the swimming-only conference. Green, meanwhile, took the Diver of the Year honor after winning the 3-meter competition and taking silver in the 1-meter at the conference meet, and then competing at his second straight NCAA Zones Championships.
"Once again, we continue to surprise ourselves with another set of awards," said UMBC swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock. "Mohamed and Ryan truly deserve these honors as the hard work and dedication of our team as a whole is reflective of their performances."
After becoming the first Retriever male swimmer to advance to the NCAA Championships last season, Hussein pushed even further as a senior during the 2013-14 season. He was named the CCSA Co-Most Outstanding Male Swimmer of the meet after leading the Retrievers to a second-place team finish and the No. 23-ranking in the nation.
At the championship meet in Knoxville, Tenn., Hussein broke the meet and conference record while winning a gold medal in the 200 IM, as well as the 100-yd. backstroke. He also picked up a silver medal in the 200 back with a new school record and NCAA "B" cut time. In addition, the Retriever senior helped UMBC capture gold in the 800 free relay while snapping the meet, conference, and school record in the event.
Hussein continued his season at the ECAC Championships at Navy where he won the 100 butterfly, 200 backstoke, and 200 IM in school record times, and was named the meet's Most Outstanding Male Swimmer for the second consecutive year.
He then completed his magnificent career for UMBC at the NCAA Championships in Texas where he became the first Retriever swimmer to compete at two national meets. In Austin, Hussein represented the conference as the CCSA's lone swimmer and broke the league's open records in the 100- and 200-yd. backstroke competitions.
For the season, Hussein paced the Retrievers with 12 individual dual meet wins, while also aiding UMBC to nine relay victories. During UMBC's Jan. 11 meet against Howard, Hussein helped the 200 medley relay, as well as the 200 free relay, set new UMBC Aquatic Complex records. In addition, he was named the CCSA Swimmer of the Week three times during the dual meet season.
On the diving boards, Green had a breakout season for the Retrievers, setting new career-bests in both events. During the dual meet season, the junior received the CCSA Diver of the Week honor twice, including after sweeping the diving events during the Retrievers' home meet against Howard. During UMBC's training trip to Florida over the school's winter break, Green scored 304.65 on the 1-meter to qualify for the NCAA Zones meet.
At the CCSA Championships at the University of Tennessee, the junior diver opened his weekend by winning the 3-meter competition. Sitting third after the prelim round with a score of 262.95, Green scored a career-high 318.15 to capture gold. The next day, Green led after the preliminary round of the 1-meter event with a career-best score of 319.85, and then scored 301.70 in the finals to finish second behind teammate Pak Lam Wong. Following the conclusion of the meet, he was named the Most Outstanding Male Diver of the Meet.
Just over two weeks later at the NCAA Zone "A" diving championships at Virginia Tech, Green became the first UMBC male diver to advance to the finals of an event. On the 1-meter board, Green scored 278.20 to place 17th overall in the opening round and then scored 262.85 in the finals.