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Seventh consecutive win for AUS at Men’s Intercollegiate Swimming Competition
Nine major UAE universities vied for the title at the Seventh American University of Sharjah (AUS) Men's Intercollegiate Swimming Competition held at AUS on February 28, 2017. The AUS Leopards retained the title for the seventh consecutive year after defeating rivals University of Sharjah with a convincing margin in a challenging competition.
Events included the 50-meter freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke; the 100-meter backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle; and the 4 x 50-meter freestyle relay. AUS accumulated 107 points, followed by University of Sharjah in second place with 88 and American University in Dubai in third place with 43 points.
AUS swimmers brought home a number of medals. Talmir Ishmukhametov secured two gold medals in the 100-meter free style and 100-meter backstroke while Ahmed Eladl won the 50-meter butterfly along with a silver in the 50-meter breaststroke. Taher Arafa won silver in the 50-meter backstroke and bronze in the 50-meter freestyle. Amr Mohamed won silver in the 50-meter freestyle and bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke. Mehmood Abdul Salam won the bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke. AUS swimmers won first place in the 4 x 50-meter freestyle relay in a closely fought race against University of Sharjah and American University in Dubai.
Other participating universities were University of Wollongong in Dubai, Amity University Dubai, New York University Abu Dhabi, Skyline University College, City University College of Ajman and Canadian University Dubai.
Congratulating the winners Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Dean of Students, said, "Moments of great motivation in sports don't have to just come before, during or after a game. They can happen in moments of honor or award. It's time like these that sports inspire, motivate and energize all of us. It is crucial for our athletes to meet with others across the UAE to gain more experience and enhance their talent."
The closing ceremony took place in the Sports Complex with Dr. Mohamed Helal, Director of the Student Athletics and Recreation, presenting the awards.
The competition was organized by AUS Student Athletics and Recreation.