WASHINGTON, D.C. - With enthusiasm resonating throughout the pool, the Howard Bison celebrated Senior Day by putting on an excellent show in the water. Hosting Mt. St. Mary's, St. Peter's and VMI for their lone home meet of the season, the Bison recorded many personal best times with the women's squad notching their first victory of the season, a 146-48 win over VMI.
The women dropped two narrow decisions to Mt. St. Mary's (131-112) and St. Peter's (130-114) with the men's team falling short to St. Peter's and VMI - 187-73 and 152-106, respectively.
Chelsea Andrews successful freshmen season continued with four victories. She began her afternoon with a dominant effort in the 200 freestyle, a 1:58.43, better than seven seconds from the competition. Andrews also took first place honors in the 100 freestyle with a 54.53 and another victory in the 100 butterfly at 1:01.39.
Andrews anchored the triumphant 800 freestyle relay, too. Teaming-up with fellow freshman E'lan Brewer, sophomore Cachanda Evans and senior Polo Edwards, the Lady Bison cruised to victory with a time of 8:25.50.
Brewer also saw the winner's circle for the second time in her career. Her 25.93 was her best dual-meet time this season, just ahead of on-coming Paige Chenet of Mt. St. Mary's. Brewer's anchor 50 freestyle in the 200 medley relay to commence the meet propelled the Lady Bison to yet another relay victory. With freshman Summer Davis, senior Alyssa Rogers, and Evans the Howard Women charged to a time of 1:55.31.
Seniors Rogers and Edwards celebrated their final meet in Burr with two second place finishes. Rogers came in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, with times of 1:10.77 and 2:35.69, respectively. Edwards looked terrific in her distance freestyle events, going 11:22.02 in her 1000 freestyle and 5:31.53 in the 500 freestyle.
"I was really proud of the Lady Bison this afternoon," said head coach Matt Salerno. "They have continued to grow as a group and it's fantastic when that hard work and progress is rewarded with a victory."
On the men's side, freshman Zadok Isaacs earned his second victory in two days, this time in the 200 backstroke. Isaacs final 100 of the race propelled him to victory with a time of 2:00.82. The freshmen also swam hard in the 100 butterfly, earning him a second-place finish with a 54.75.
Senior Brad Worrell brought in a second place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.16. Isaacs and Worrell combined with juniors Charles Canady and Damjan Strbac for the Bison's second place 800 freestyle relay, posting a combined time of 7:37.53.
Kelvin Goodman also notched a second place race in the 100 breaststroke. His superb effort got him a season-best time of 1:05.47.
Next week, the Bison will conclude their regular season by traveling to Georgetown for a 1PM contest against the Hoyas.