Spring Update: Four Swimmers Make Waves in International Competition

Spring Update: Four Swimmers Make Waves in International Competition

Interviews

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.