Bison Close Regular Season with Tremendous Showing vs. Tigers, Colonials
On an afternoon that saw the Howard University Swimming and Diving program continue its charge towards their biggest competition, the Bison displayed great energy and talent in their regular season wrap-ups against George Washington University and host Towson University. The afternoon saw the Bison swim 19 season-best swims, a great feat for a non-championship meet this late in the season.
On the score sheet, the host Tigers defeated the Bison men by a 193-61 tally with the Colonials earning a 151-86 victory over Howard's men. The Lady Bison dropped their decision to the Lady Tigers 222-31 and fell to the George Washington women's team 136-93.
The fireworks for the Bison, however, started in the very first event with the men's 200 medley relay. The Bison stormed to victory over both Towson and George Washington on the talents of sophomore Zadok Isaacs (Cantaro Village, Trinidad and Tobago,) freshman Darell Hungerford (Clinton, MD,) junior Steven Lott (Los Angeles, CA,) and senior Damjan Strbac (Zagreb, Croatia.) Their first place time of 1:38.77 was the relay's best of the season.
All four victors in the aforementioned relay had remarkable individual afternoons, as well. Isaacs' 50 freestyle time of 21.98 earned him first place honors over both the Tigers and Colonials. Hungerford's 1:00.89 in the 100 breaststroke was not only his best of the season, but took down George Washington in the event. Lott's season-best time in the 100 butterfly, 56.02, was strong enough to take down the Colonials, as well. And Strbac swam a season-best 1:50.78 in the 200 freestyle that earned him third-place marks to George Washington.
The women's team enjoyed their own share of success. Sophomore Chelsea Andrews (Glenside, PA) earned two individual victories over the Colonials and another while leading the 400 freestyle relay. Andrews and freshmen Ashley Douglas (Missouri City, TX) and Janai Ederaine (Corona, CA) gathered first, second, and third place honors over George Washington. Later in the meet, Andrews was impressive in the 100 butterfly in dropping the Colonials with a time of 1:00.22. To close the meet, Andrews, Douglas, Ederaine and sophomore E'lan Brewer (Lansing, MI) swam well in defeating George Washington with their time of 3:50.97.
Douglas also earned another victory for the Lady Bison. Her 100 backstroke time of 1:07.67 was good for first place honors over George Washington.
"We looked very good this afternoon," said head coach Matt Salerno. "The team is gaining more confidence every week and it can't be understated how much work they have all put into this regular season. We look forward to being our best at the conference meet."
That conference meet, the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships, takes place on the campus of the University of Georgia from February 17-19, marking the conclusion of the season for the Bison.