Dec. 17, 2012
ISTANBUL — University of Cincinnati alum Josh Schneider (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taylor) and sophomore Awse Ma’aya (Amman, Jordan/The Bolles School) competed in the FINA World Swimming Championships held Wednesday through Sunday at Sinan Erdem Arena.
On Friday, Schneider, UC’s 2010 NCAA champion in the 50-yard freestyle, finished sixth in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle with a mark of 21.38 seconds, which was 0.83 seconds behind first-place Vladimir Morozov of Russia.
Representing his native country of Jordan, Ma’aya swam in five races during the five-day event. On Wednesday, Ma’aya placed 45th in the 100-meter backstroke with a mark of 56.16, which was 5.94 seconds behind Australia’s Robert Hurley.
Ma’aya competed in two events on Friday; the 50-meter backstroke and the 200-meter individual medley. He placed 43rd in the 50 back after finishing in 26.04 seconds, which 2.76 behind the USA’s Matthew Grevers. In the 200 IM, Ma’aya recorded a time of 2:09.34, which was good for 44th place and 16.03 seconds behind the USA’s 11-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte.
Ma’aya raced in two other events that saw Lochte come out the victor. On Saturday Ma’aya placed 39th in the 100-meter individual medley after recording a time of 58.35 – 6.60 seconds behind Lochte. Ma’aya capped the weekend with a meet-best 34th place showing in the 200-meter backstroke with a mark of 2:04, which was 14.29 seconds behind Lochte.
The UC swimming and diving teams are in the midst of their annual Florida training session and will compete next Friday at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.