De Waal, Hussein and Kotonias Named Honorable Mentions on the Mid-Major All-American List

Jennifer Kotonias was named an Honorable Mention All-American
Jennifer Kotonias was named an Honorable Mention All-American

SOMERS, Wisc. – UMBC swimming and diving juniors Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State), Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) and Jennifer Kotonias (Burtonsville, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) were each named as Mid-Major All-American honorable mentions by, the website announced Friday afternoon.

Princeton's Jon Christensen was named the Mid-Major Male Swimmer of the Year while George Mason's Ashley Danner won Female Swimmer of the Year.

Back in February at the America East Championships De Waal took home three individual gold medals, including the top for prize for the 200 fly event when he broke the meet, pool and UMBC records with a time of 1:46.68.  He also won the 200-yd. and 500-yd. freestyles. 

During the dual meet season, the South African led UMBC with ten individual wins, including three wins against in-state rival Maryland.  In addition, De Waal helped the Retrievers claim four relays during the regular season.

A mid-year transfer from his home country Egypt, Hussein came on to the scene in a big way at the America East meet earning the honor of Most Outstanding Male Swimmer.  Like De Waal, the junior was also on the medal stand three times as he won the 100-yd. backstroke, 200 IM and 200-yd. back.  His time of 48.92 in the 100-yd back broke meet, pool and UMBC records.  Hussein then broke his own school record with his 100 back split of 48.66 while helping the 400-yd. medley relay team capture a silver medal.

Since the conference meet, Hussein has qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for the Egyptian national team in the 100m freestyle and will swim again in May to attempt to qualify for more events.  When the Games open this summer, Hussein will become just the second Retriever to ever compete in the pool at the Olympics following Mehdi Addai who swam for Algeria in the 100m back and 100m fly at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.

Although he swam in just three dual meets after transferring to Baltimore, Hussein won eight individual events during the winter.

For the women, Kotonias earns the recognition after picking up a silver medal as part of the 800 free relay in addition to winning a silver and a bronze in individual competition at the America East meet in Boston.  The junior claimed second in the 200-yd. fly and third in the 400-yd. IM.

During the dual meet season for UMBC, Kotonias led the Retrievers' women's team with eight individual wins, including five victories in the 200 fly.