Howard Battles, Falls to American
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Howard University women's and men's swimming team took on their cross-town foes from American University on Friday evening. Behind several terrific races and the continued progression of the team's successes, the Bison battled the Eagles in every event. American, however, proved to be the victor on both fronts as men's squad edged Howard, 107-86, while the women's team beat the Bison, 106-56.
The men turned in three convincing victories on the evening. Senior co-captain Miguel Orellana wore out the Eagle oncomers in the 1000 freestyle. Swimming the event for the first time this season, Orellana notched his third individual victory of the year with a time of 10:20.64.
The Bison later won the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:28.64, more than five seconds ahead of American.
Orellana also put in a fine effort in the 200 backstroke with a second place time of 2:05.74. Worrell had a fine meet, as well. His 100 free split of 49.33 was a season best by over one second notching him a second place finish. Sophomore Kelvin Goodman was fantastic in his 200 breaststroke, finishing in second with a 2:21.73, a career best by over six seconds.
The women were equally impressive with their effort and determination. Every member of the Lady Bison swam a season-best time in at least one event. Chelsea Andrews notched the best finishes for the ladies. The freshman shaved two seconds from her 200 IM time for a second place finish of 2:16.46. Andrews' 100 freestyle swim of 54.17 saw her, again, finish second while fellow freshman E'lan Brewer garnered a season best split of 57.05.
Seniors Polo Edwards and Alyssa Rogers were outstanding on the evening. Edwards 17 second drop in the 1000 freestyle set the tone for the rest of the meet, finishing in third place at 11:22.09. Rogers continued her descent in the 200 breaststroke with a third place tally of 2:35.51. Adding to the team's improved performance were freshmen Summer Davis and Cachanda Evans. Davis' 500 freestyle was nine seconds faster from her previous race as she clocked a 5:51.87 and Evans' 50 free split was a new career best with a third place time of 26.36.
"It is very satisfying to see the team feed off each other's energy," said head coach Matt Salerno. "The way we continue to fight through fatigue is something that each of the swimmers can be proud of and use for the future. The Eagles are an excellent team and we were right with them in all of the races."
The Bison will be back in action on Saturday, November 14th when they travel down the road to Catholic University of America for the 1PM contest.