Hussein Advances to Second Straight NCAA Championships; First Retriever to Make Return Trip to National Meet
INDIANAPOLIS – UMBC senior swimmer Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) has advanced to his second straight NCAA Championship meet to become the first Retriever to ever make the return trip to the national meet, the NCAA announced on Wednesday evening.
"We're very excited to hit another milestone at UMBC," said Retriever head coach Chad Cradock, a UMBC swimming and diving alum himself. "With having an athlete qualify for both the men's and women's meet and to have our first athlete make it two years in a row at UMBC, this makes it an exciting time for our whole program.
"Our coaching staff is indebted and grateful to our past and our alums as they have created an environment which has made us successful. The university and athletics department as a whole have been incredibly supportive and we thank them for their support."
After a record-breaking season in 2012-13 in which he became just the third Retriever athlete to ever make the NCAA Championships, Hussein outdid himself in his senior year. The versatile athlete virtually rewrote the school record book again in 2013-14 while earning Most Outstanding Male Swimmer awards at both the CCSA and ECAC Championships.
He enters the NCAA Championships with the 20th-best time in the 200-yd. IM in the nation (1:44.14). Hussein will also compete in the 100- (47.67) and 200-yd. backstroke (1:43.90) events in Texas.
At the 2014 CCSA Championships, Hussein led a Retriever squad which achieved a national ranking of No. 23 after placing second in its first year in the conference and breaking 12 of 20 school swimming records. The senior currently holds six individual school records, five of which he broke or improved during his senior year.
A week later at the ECAC Championships at Navy, Hussein lowered his own school record and NCAA "B" cut times in the 200 IM, 200 back, and 100 fly.
Cradock added, "Our program is so proud of Mohamed and his accomplishments and we thank him for his hard work and dedication to UMBC."
Jacque Wisnauskas was the first UMBC swimmer to reach the NCAA Championships, competing in the 200-yd. butterfly in 1990. Lindsey Prather followed in 2002 and just last week freshman Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) was chosen to represent UMBC at the 2014 women's meet.
The 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 27-29 at the University of Texas' Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.