On Wednesday March 20th, the 2019 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship official began at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
With the women’s meet happening from the 20-23rd of March, and the men’s meet from the 27th-30th, let’s dive into the results and a quick recap so far! Kicking off with the 800 Freestyle Relay, here’s a recap of this year’s competition.
With a pool (literally) of talented athletes competing this year, we can’t help but recognize swimmers from the Middle East.
First up, we have Mohamed Samy (born March 17, 1997), representing Indiana Hoosiers of Indiana University and more importantly, Egypt.
Rankings & Achievements
- Ranked 25th in the 50 meters race in the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships - Budapest, Hungary
This year, we supported Mohamed Samy as he participated and achieved the following: 200 IM, 200 Free, 100 Free, 800 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay.
On the first day, Mohamed swam the 200 IM, in which he finished 28th in prelims with a lifetime best of 1:43.89, only 0.21 faster than his seeded time of 1:44.10. Continuing to achieve great results, on the second day, Mohamed raced the 200 Freestyle, coming in 11th in prelims, with a time of 1:32.54. This swim got him a race in the B-Final, finishing 10th with a time of 1:32.29 only 0.68 off of his seed time and 0.56 off of his personal best, 1:31.73, from last year’s NCAA.
On the last day of the NCAA, Mohamed swam the 100 Freestyle. Able to secure a spot in the B-Finals, with a time of 41.98 in prelims, Mohamed finished 12th with an overall time of 42.47.
Mohamed’s achievements don’t end there! He was part of 3 relays for Indiana University. On the first day, he swam the third leg in the 800 Freestyle, splitting 1:32.23, winning 4th place for his team. On the second day, he once again swims third leg on the 200 Free Relay, blasting an 18.87, placing fourth yet again for his team! Victory to Indiana University! On the last day, Mohamed swam the second leg of the 400 Free Relay, splitting 42.09.
It’s safe to say, Mohamed Samy held our heads up high!
Second up, we have Khader Baqlah (born September 15, 1998), representing the Florida Gators of University of Florida and Amman, Jordan.
Top Times & Achievements
- Ranked 31st in 200 Free at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
This year, we supported Khader Baqlah as he participated and achieved the following: 500 Free, 200 Free, 100 Free, and 800 Free Relay.
Khader began with the 500 Free, finishing in 16th place in the prelims with a time of 4:14.47, only 1.51 seconds off of his best and seed time of 4:12.96 set earlier at the SEC Meet. Securing a spot in the B-Finals, and finishing in 8th place, Khader finishes with a time of 4:20.50.
On the following day, Khader swam the 200 Freestyle, where he finished 14th in prelims with a time of 1:32.86, only 0.15 over his seed time of 1:32.71, swam at the SEC. Reaching finals, Khder wins the B-Final with a time of 1:32.18 - all in all scoring nine whole points for his team! On the last day, Khader swam the 100 Freestyle, where he finished 28th with a time of 42.70, missing the B-Final by 0.52.
What a close call!
Khader was also part of the 800 Free Relay, landing a spot in 5th place with a time of 1.32.23.
Last and DEFINITELY, not least, we have Maha Gouda (born June 8, 1998), representing the Panthers of Florida International University and Egypt.
- Represented Egypt in the 2016 Rio Olympics for Women’s 10-Meter Platform
- The first Egyptian female to quality and compete in the Olympic Games and Youth Olympics in the Diving Platform
This year, we supported Maha Gouda as she participated and achieved the following: 2M Diving and 1M Diving.
Just a freshman student, Maha was not only able to quality for three diving competitions, but also make the 10-Meter Platform Final coming in 7th in the prelims with a score of finish 282.15. Maha finished 8th in the final with a score of 270.55, scoring 11 points for her team. Maha also competed in the 1M Diving, finishing 30th with a score of 259.70.
Talk about girl power!
Looks likes we were looking at a tough meet this season, and may we proudly say, may you always hold our heads up!