Retriever Swimming and Diving Spring Update: Wahby, Gliese Earn Gold at Respective Meets

Retriever Swimming and Diving Spring Update: Wahby, Gliese Earn Gold at Respective Meets

Baltimore, Md.—Several Retrievers have made splashes in the pool this spring, including rising sophomores Ahmed Wahby (Maadi, Egypt/Victory American College) and Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach), who won the 200m backstroke of the Dubai International Championships and Danish Open respectively this month. A total of five Retrievers took part in various events throughout the world.

"We have had a lot of success since our conference championships.  Several of our athletes have competed abroad and performed extremely well," head coach Chad Cradock said.

Wahby took part in the Sixth Dubai International Championships, held at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, earlier in April. The rising sophomore competed in the 200 backstroke, earning gold in the event, touching in with a time of 2:05.51.

"I am so proud of Ahmed Wahby for winning the 200 backstroke at the Arab Championships.  This is an event that brings the best Arab athletes and has them compete in one place and he represented us well," Cradock said of Wahby.

Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) took to the Danish Open this past week, placing fourth in the 50 back in a time of 26.90, after taking third in the prelims with a time of 26.74. He capped the meet with a first-place finish in the 200 back, touching in with a time of 2:04.61.

"Traveling to Copenhagen was amazing," said Cradock. "Alexander represented UMBC at the meet and became the national champion.  His hard work, focus and dedication allowed him to achieve best times.  Watching him compete and fight to the finish made us all proud,"

On the women's side, Hania Moro (New Cairo, Egypt/Ramsen College) won the 800m freestyle at the Egyptian Nationals with a lifetime best time of 9:08.06.

"Hania (Moro) swam an amazing meet to win the Egyptian Nationals in the 800 Free. She is ready to look forward and achieve greater things in the future," Cradock said.

A pair of Retrievers competed at the Canadian Olympic Trials, as Laura Massicotte (Quebec City, Quebec/Cegep Limoilou) and Aleasha Knight (Ottawa, Ontario/John McCrea) each competed in an event at the trials. Massicotte took part in the 200 IM, placing 42nd overall with a time of 2:25.65. The time for Massicotte was a personal best.

"Laura Massicotte and Aleasha Knight really worked hard for this wonderful experience and produced some good times," Cradock, the native of Canada, stated.

Another swimmer, Andrew Schrantz (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) did not take to the water, but represented the swim program and UMBC at the NCAA Student-Athlete Forum, held in Phoenix, Ariz. on April 7-10. The forum helps student-athletes develop leadership skills, and gain a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole.