Spring Update: Four Swimmers Make Waves in International Competition

Spring Update: Four Swimmers Make Waves in International Competition

Four members of the UMBC Swimming and Diving program took part in international competition during the off season.

Sophomore Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Junior Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia) each took part in the Danish Open. Gliese finished as the 2017 Danish Open Champion in the 200 back, touching in with a time of 2:02.43 in the FINA B cut.  In the 100 back, Gliese clocked in with a lifetime best time of 56.57, just .01 seconds behind the first place finisher to take the silver. He also placed fourth in the 50 back with a time of 27.04. In the 50 free, Gliese touched in with a time of 24.61 to place 16th.

In the 400 IM, Trajkovic came in second, touching in with a time of 4:31.27 for a lifetime best and the fastest time this year for a Serbian swimmer by 8 seconds. His swim was the second fastest 400IM of all time in Serbia.  He also placed fourth in the 200 IM, touching in with a time of 2:06.32 and fifth in the 50 back with a time of 27.05. Trajkovic finished eighth in the 100 breast, finishing in a time of 1:05.37.

Sophomores Hania Moro (New Cairo, Egypt) and Ahmed Wahby (Maadi, Egypt) each competed at the 2017 Egyptian Nationals. Moro posted a personal best in the 400 free, while setting an Egyptian National Record with a time of 4:18:95 and a FINA B cut. She also qualified for the World Championships in the 800 free with a time of 8:55. Hania also was national champion in the 200 free with a time of 2:03.71.  She also received performance of the meet for her National record in the 400 free.

Wahby swam the 200 back where he went a time of 2:05.40 where he became the Egyptian National Champion.  He also placed third in the 100 back with a time of 58.57 and set a personal best in the prelims with a time of 58.20. He placed fifth in the 50 back final, touching in with a time of 27.38. Wahby also competed in the 50 fly, finishing with a time of 25.76.