BALTIMORE – UMBC Athletics will induct six new members into its Hall of Fame on Friday evening, April 10, 2020. The 22nd annual dinner and inductions will take place at the UMBC Event Center.
Tickets are available for the event at the UMBC Alumni Association event registration home page.
The class of 2020 consists of Cornelia Carapcea, information systems/financial economics, '09, women's tennis, Levi Houapeu, sociology, '15, men's soccer, Mohamed Hussein, mechanical engineering, '14, men's swimming, Terry Kimener, American studies, '08, men's lacrosse, Mercedes Jackson, psychology, '15, women's track and field, and Steve Levy, interdisciplinary studies, '85, director of athletic communications.
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Cornelia Carapcea, Women's Tennis, 2005-09
Carapcea earned Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All American (at-large) honors after her junior campaign and Second Team accolades after her senior campaign. She received the 2009 UMBC Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award. Carapcea's accomplishments on the tennis courts include 97 career match victories, All-Conference honors in 2007-08 and a perfect 8-0 record in America East Championship competition. The native of Romania completed a double major in information systems/financial economics, maintained a 4.00 grade-point average and was the university's co-salutatorian. The summa cum laude graduate earned 2009 America East Conference women's tennis All-Academic team honors. Carapcea tabbed the America East Scholar-Athlete award for the sport of women's tennis as a senior.
Levi Houapeu, Men's Soccer, 2007-10
Houapeu earned NSCAA and College Soccer News Third Team All-American honors in 2010. America East coaches selected him to the 2007 All-Rookie Team and to the league's First Team in 2009 and 2010. He tabbed the league's Midfielder of the Year award in 2009 and its Striker of the Year honor in 2010, becoming the only player in AE history to earn that feat. Moreover, he led the nation in scoring with 2.15 points per game as a junior and earned ECAC Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year honors. The Philadelphia Union of the MLS drafted the native of the Ivory Coast in the spring of 2010. He maintains the No. 6 position on the all-time scoring list with 34 goals (fifth all-time) and 19 assists for 87 total points. Houapeu recorded third-most assists (13, tied with 2 others) in a single season (2009), then the sixth-most goals (15) in a campaign the following (2010) year. He spearheaded UMBC's first America East Championship team in 2010.
Mohamed Hussein, Swimming, 2011-14
Hussein competed in the 2016 Olympic Games for Egypt in Rio, placing 25th in the 200 individual medley. The native of Cairo became the first Retriever male swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships, competing in three events from March 28-30, 2013. He set school records in all three events (200 IM, 200 free, 200 back) at those national championships. Hussein returned to the NCAA's in 2014. He earned Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet in both America East seasons and earned the same honor as a senior in the 2014 CCSA Championships. Hussein still holds three individual school records (100, 200 freestyle, 200 IM) and is part of three relays (400, 800 freestyle, 400 medley) which hold school records. He shared UMBC's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award in 2013-14.
Terry Kimener, Lacrosse, 2004-08
Kimener is one of only two Retrievers to earn three (2006-08) All-America citations at the Division I level (1981) and one of three to reach All-American Second Team status (2008). He earned America East Conference Midfielder of the Year accolades in 2008, capping a three-year run on the league's First Team. The Oakton, Virginia native played in the North-South All-Star game after his senior campaign and subsequently received the Dick Watts Leadership Award (2008). He was aso named to UMBC's All-Time lacrosse team in 2014. Kimener played a major role on two America East title squads and participated in three NCAA Championships (2006-08). One of the top scoring midfielders in program history, he is currently 15th on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 134 points. Kimener played professionally (8th overall selection) for ten seasons in MLL, including stops in Chicago, Toronto, Denver, Charlotte and Atlanta.
Mercedes Jackson, Track and Field, 2011-15
Jackson earned Most Outstanding Track Performer at the America East Championships in seven of eight indoor and outdoor meets. She was the America East Outstanding Rookie in both the 2012 indoor and outdoor league meets. A two-time All-American, the Huntingtown, Maryland native competed in both the NCAA Indoor (60 meter dash) and Outdoor Championships (100m dash) in Arkansas (13th place) and Oregon (23rd place) respectively. She remains the America East and UMBC record holder in the 60 and 100-meter dashes. In addition, Jackson is the current UMBC record holder in the indoor and outdoor 200m dashes. She earned UMBC's Most Outstanding Female Athlete twice (2013/2015), while being named ECAC Most Outstanding Track Performer for the 2015 indoor championships.
Steve Levy, Director of Athletic Communications, 1986-2020
Levy has served in athletics communications for UMBC Athletics since graduating from the university in the spring of 1985. After one year as an assistant director, at 23 years old, he became the head sports information director in the fall of 1986 as the university first embarked in NCAA Division I athletics. He produced "The UMBC Sports Spotlight," an award-winning cable television program for 14 years and currently leads the four-year old on-campus initiative to incorporate students and young alumni into the America East's ESPN initiative. The UMBC men's lacrosse program honored Levy by awarding him the Dr. Martin Schwartz Award for contributions to the program in the spring of 2013. He was a member of the UMBC Professional Staff senate (2004-06) and UMBC's Strategic Planning Committee (2014-15). Moreover, he has managed the activities of the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame since 1990. Levy served as the media director for the NCAA Men's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 1995, the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships (Final Four) in 1998 and the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals in 2000-2001.