January 22, 2012
Hungerford, Dillon, Ederaine Shine for Bison
The Bison of Howard Swimming made the trip north on I-95 through the icy conditions to renew their rivalry with the Drexel University Dragons. Despite numerous top-10 times and dozens of season-best swims, the host Dragons used their depth and power to take down the men's and women's teams from DC. The Lady Bison fell to Drexel 171-56 and the Bison men lost to the Dragons 224-59
The terrific efforts for the Bison were led by sophomore Darell Hungerford (Clinton, MD.) Hungerford won his sixth race of the season, taking down the Dragons in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.62. Thanks to a great final 50, his teammate, Dexter Brown (Pearland, TX) came in second in the same event with a time of 1:01.69.
Junior Zadok Isaacs (Cantaro Village, Trinidad and Tobago) had a tremendous 200 freestyle. His second place time of 1:46.74 pushed him into a tie for fourth all-time in Howard University history for the event. Earlier in the contest, freshman Miles Hector (Omaha, NE) posted his a second place finish in the 1000 freestyle. His time of 10:02.03 was his second fastest of the season.
Other noteable swims came courtesty of senior Steven Lott and freshman Benjamin Skelding. Lott (Los Angeles, CA) took two third place races in the 100 backstroke (59.44) and in the 100 butterfly (56.94.) Skelding (Palmdale, CA) also notched a third place swim in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:34.86.
The Lady Bison were led by terrfic performances from freshman Briana Dillon (Katy, TX) and sophomore Janai Ederaine (Corona, CA.) Dillon narrowly missed two first place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle. Her 200 freestyle time of 2:00.37 was good for second place and sits her 5th in Lady Bison history. She followed that performance with another second place finish in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 54.90 places her ninth all-time for HU.
Ederaine moved up the record books, as well. Her 500 freestyle time of 5:35.42 puts her sixth all-time and earned her a second place finish. Ederaine also took home two third place finishes, earlier in the competition in the 50 free (25.78) and later in the 200 individual medley (2:21.76.)
Junior E'lan Brewer (Lansing, MI) had one of her finest dual meets of her HU career. Her third place finishing time of 11:49.42 in the 1000 freestyle sits her seventh in Lady Bison history. She also swam a season-best time in the 500 freestyle (5:48.94) in capturing third place.
Freshman Caleah Gregoire (Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago) and sophomore Nandi Ross (Capital Heights, MD) put some points on the board for the Bison. Gregoire took second place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:31.51. Ross notched two third place swims in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.67) and the 200 breaststroke (2:53.29.)
"The team has put in the work to earn these splits," said head coach Matt Salerno. "They understand the opportunities in front of them and are competing at a very high level with their opponents."
Next week marks the final compeition in the regular season for the Bison swimmers. They'll travel to Davidson, North Carolina to match-up with the host Davidson Wildcats and a five other CCSA foes.