Bison Men Finish Fifth, Women Tenth at CCSA Conference Championships
It was an incredibly successful weekend for the Howard University Swimming and Diving program. With numerous school records and personal achievements, the Bison wrapped up their performance on Saturday Night with more career-best marks.
In fact, every member of the team notched season-best times and dives in every event they were entered, an extraordinary feat for any team.
Saturday was highlighted by two Lady Bison reaching the championship final in their respective events. Senior Ashley Goins (Silver Spring, MD) completed her best 3-meter routines as a member of the Navy and White. Her finals score of 228.40 vaulted her into eighth place and a new standard of diving excellence for the University.
Between the lanes, sophomore Chelsea Andrews (Glenside, PA)set her third school record of the championship meet. Earning her first visit to the championship final, Andrews fired a 52.45 in the 100 freestyle, placing her seventh in the field and the first in the school's history.
To conclude the evening, Andrews anchored the women's 400 freestyle relay to a tenth place finish. Combining with sophomore E'lan Brewer (Lansing, MI) and freshmen Janai Ederaine (Corona, CA) and Ashley Douglas (Missouri City, TX) the women scored one of their fastest times in school history with a 3:38.67.
The men rewrote the record books in their own way. Sophomore Zadok Isaacs (Cantaro Village, Trinidad and Tobago) found his way into 10th place in the 200 backstroke with a record time of 1:56.08. Teammates Steven Lott (Los Angeles, CA) and Darien Washington (Detroit, MI) also set their own personal benchmarks in the 200 backstroke. Lott's time of 2:06.33 scored him 14th place points while Washington's time of 2:10.71 put him in 16th place.
Senior Damjan Strbac (Zagreb, Croatia) capped his impressive Bison career with a season-best mark in the 100 freestyle. His time of 47.78 placed him 11th for the meet. Junior Kelvin Goodman (Berkeley, CA) was terrific in the consolation final of the 200 breaststroke. Dropping over 3.5 seconds from his preliminary morning swim, Goodman finished in 12th place with a time of 2:13.25.
The men concluded their successful weekend with a fourth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Isaacs, Lott and Strbac combined with freshman Darell Hungerford (Clinton, MD) to swim their best time of the year by over five seconds with a 3:12.02.
The final team rankings placed the men in fifth with the Lady Bison coming in 10th place.