BISON SHINE ON DAY TWO OF CCSA CHAMPIONSHIPS
More records fell on the second day of competition for the Howard Bison swimmers. Friday night saw nine individuals make it to the final, point-scoring rounds with two more school records falling by large amounts.
Sophomores Trent Popovich (Morro Bay, Calif.) and Dexter Brown (Pearland, Texas) led the surge for the Bison on Day Two. Popovich set a new Howard University record in the 100 backstroke on two separate occasions. In the preliminary round, the California native earned a ninth-place spot with a record-setting mark of 51.92. In the consolation round, Popovich dominated the field for that ninth place triumph, shattering his own record set eight hours earlier with a time of 51.32.
Brown represented the highest individual place for Howard at the CCSA Championships. Competing in the 100 breaststroke, Brown earned a spot in the championship finals and came away with a season-best time of 58.34, good for fifth place points.
Popovich and Brown teamed with fellow sophomore Miles Hector (Omaha, Neb.) and senior Zadok Isaacs (Cantaro Village, Trinidad and Tobago) to swim the second-fastest 800 freestyle relay in Howard history. Isaacs' leadoff leg for the relay of 1:42.61 now rests as the third-fastest 200 freestyle swim in Bison history. With Brown, Hector and Popovich finishing the relay, the men posted a time of 7:02.20, good for fourth place in the competition and second in the university record books.
Isaacs and Hector had memorable individual performances of their own. Isaacs swam a season-best time in the 100 butterfly in the consolation heat, earning him 10th place with a 51.85 mark. Hector is now fifth all-time in Howard history in the 200 freestyle after his career-best tally of 1:45.85, which positioned him in 17th place in the competition.
Sophomores Benjamin Skelding (Palmdale, Calif.) and Mohamed Bouzaghrane (Marrakech, Morocco) represented the Bison quite well in the 400 individual medley. Earning the most points in the event for the Blue and White in over 10 years, Skelding swam a season-best mark of 4:14.92, good for 11th place. Bouzaghrane set and then reset his own personal best mark in the event, swimming a career-best time of 4:29.16, finishing in 13th place. His time now sits as the fourth fastest mark in HU history.
Junior Darell Hungerford (Clinton, Md.) senior Kelvin Goodman (Berkeley, Calif.) and freshman Matthew Wilson (Murrieta, Calif.) all earned individual and relay points for Howard on Friday night. Hungerford swam a season-best time of 59.30 in his 100 breaststroke and wound-up in 13th place after the consolation finals. Goodman set his new personal-best mark in the 100 breast after a evening finals time of 1:00.97, good for seventh all-time in Bison history and 15th overall in the championships. Wilson earned a new career-best mark in the 100 butterfly with his time of 56.04, placing him in 15th place after the consolation finals.
Hungerford, Goodman and Wilson joined senior Darien Washington (Detroit, MI) to earn fifth place for the Bison in the 200 medley relay. Washington's new career-best split in the 50 back paced the way to a final time of 1:43.43,
The Lady Bison had their own taste of success on the second day of competition. Like the previous evening, the women set a new record to conclude the evening, this time in the 800 freestyle relay. Shattering the previous record by almost six seconds, the team of sophomore Briana Dillon (Katy, Texas) juniors Ashley Douglas (Missouri City, Texas) and Janai Ederaine (Corona, Calif.) and senior E'lan Brewer (Lansing, Mich.) posted a time of 7:56.59, a new Lady Bison record and good for 10th place in the meet.
Ederaine posted two new career-best marks in the 100 and 200 butterfly. The junior finished in 28th place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.76, which now sits as the second-fastest 100 fly split in Lady Bison history. Douglas now finds herself in the Top 10 in the 100 butterfly after her preliminary round swim of 1:00.92, placing her 6th all-time at Howard for the event.
In the 200 butterfly time trials, Ederaine and senior Summer Davis (Laverock, Pa.) posted career-best marks en route to etching their name on the Top 10 list. Davis' time of 2:20.25 has her sixth all-time at Howard with Ederaine's career-best mark of 2:21.94 placing her in seventh all-time. Davis had her own impressive 100-butterfly swim of her own. Her career-best mark of 1:01.48 puts her in 10th all-time in Lady Bison history for the event.
Brewer and freshman Benta Horton-Gee (Baltimore, Md.) has career-best individual swims, as well as point-scoring relay performances on Friday. Brewer swam the 200 freestyle in a career-best time of 1:59.03, placing her fourth all-time at Howard for the event. Horton-Gee broke her previous personal best by over two seconds in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.64, vaulting her into fifth place all-time in Lady Bison history.
Brewer, Horton-Gee and Davis teamed with junior Nandi Ross (Capital Heights, Md.) to swim the women's 200-medley relay. Horton-Gee's career best 50-backstroke leg time of 29.19 paved the way to an 11th place finish and a time of 1:54.28.
Going into the final day of competition, the Lady Bison sit in 11th place with 60 points, 13 points behind Radford University. The Bison men have earned a fifth place mark thus far with 182 points, trailing fourth place VMI by 37 points. Florida Gulf Coast's 544 points lead the way for the women's championships while Davidson's 629.50 points pace the way in the men's competition.
The final day of the CCSA Championships begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m.