KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – UMBC senior Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) claimed his first individual gold of the weekend and achieved an NCAA "B" cut in the 200-yd. IM as the UMBC swimming and diving team competed on day two of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships, Thursday at the University of Tennessee's Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
After the second of four days of competition, UMBC leads the seven-team standings with 288.5 points, with the University of the Incarnate Word just behind with 284.0 points. Davidson sits third with 219.0 points and Gardner-Webb ranks fourth with 185.0 points.
An NCAA Championships participant last year as a junior, Hussein is looking to become the first Retriever to ever reach two national meets. Last year, he became the first UMBC male swimmer, and third overall, to reach the NCAA meet. On the opening night of competition, Wednesday, Hussein led UMBC to a gold medal in the 800 free relay and a silver medal in the 200 medley relay, both of which set school records.
On Thursday, the senior paced the field in the morning prelims with a time of 1:44.88, and then bettered his time at night, touching the wall first at 1:44.50. The time also sets a new CCSA conference record, as well as a new championship meet record. Sophomore Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), who combined with Hussein for a silver medal last night in the 200 medley relay, placed seventh with a career-best time of 1:51.87, the seventh-fastest in school history.
The divers opened competition on Thursday and UMBC swept the three top spots in the 3-meter event. Junior Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) earned the gold while classmate Carson Wong (Hong Kong/Kowloon Technical School) and senior Tim Perkins (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) picked up the silver and bronze, respectively. After placing third in the afternoon prelims, Green scored a career-best 318.85 point in the finals, to set a new meet record. Freshman Alex Stewart (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) also advanced to the finals, placing sixth.
In the opening event of the night, the 500 free, junior Rob Breen (Danvers, Mass./St. John's Prep) claimed a bronze medal for the Retrievers. After recording a career-best time of 4:28.51 in the prelims, Breen jumped to fourth in the school record book by clocking in at 4:27.28, just ahead of Retriever head coach and UMBC alum Chad Cradock's top time (4:28.62).
Freshman Andrew McKissick (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) paced the consolation final field with a top career time of 4:34.57. Senior Reed Neuendorf (Blauvelt, N.Y./Tappan Zee) was just behind his teammate, touching in at 4:34.90.
The Retrievers earned two top medals in the 50-yd. free courtesy of freshman Gregor Sporlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius-Gymnasium) and junior Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science). Sporlein picked up his first career individual medal, a silver, with a school record time of 20.29. He surpasses Hussein's school mark of 20.33 set last year. Kaei, meanwhile, earned a bronze medal by hitting the wall at 20.52, the sixth-fastest time in UMBC school history.
In the final event of the night, the 200 free relay, UMBC garnered a silver medal behind the effort of senior Evan Carey (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Grand Island), junior Trevor Doll (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill), Kaei, and Sporlein.
The third day of competition opens on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. with the prelims of the 400-yd. IM. The divers return to competition as well, taking to the 1-meter board beginning at 1:00 p.m.