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Howard’s Swimming and Diving Comes Up Short in Home Opener

Howard’s swimming and diving team came up short in a crosstown meet with Georgetown in front of a packed audience at Burr Gym Pool.

Howard swim-meet against Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Jasper Smith.

Howard’s swimming and diving team came up short in a crosstown meet with the Georgetown Hoyas in front of a packed audience at Burr Gym Pool. In the 22 events between teams, both the Hoyas men and women were able to win in a close meet against the Bison. The Hoyas men’s team topped the Bison 113.50-91.50, and the women’s team won 123.50-80.50.

Georgetown sophomore Kyle Maziarz broke his school’s all-time record in the 1-meter dive with a score of 306.75. According to the Georgetown athletics department, head coach Jack Leavitt describes Maziarz as an incredibly tough hard worker, “Watching him push himself at practice is inspiring to all of his teammates. I’m so happy for him to break a school record in only his second meet. It is truly remarkable,” Leavitt said.

Overall, Howard’s swimming and diving team won nine events at the meet.

Men’s Highlights

  • Howard started off  the afternoon with a win in the 200 Medley Relay, clocking in at 1:33.34. Leadoff by junior Miles Simon (Atlanta, Ga.), senior Miguel Davis, Jr. (Washington, D.C.), junior Arion Solomon (Fairburn, Ga.) and junior Mark-Anthony Beckles (Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago). According to Bison Athletics, this is the third fastest time in the school’s 200 Medley Relay.
  • Simon earned first place in the 100 Back, posting a score of (50.96).
  • Individually, Beckles won the 50 Free and 100 Free clocking in with times of 25.06 and 46.34.
  • Junior Luke-Kennedy Thompson (Nassau, Bahamas) won the 200 IM event clocking in at 1:56.97.
  • Freshman Darin Johnson (Atascocita, Texas) won the 100 Breast, clocking in at 59.00.

Women’s Highlights

  • Sophomore Isabella Fountain (White Plains, N.Y.) took first place in the 50 Free and 100 Free clocking times of 25.06 and 54.30.
  •  The 200 Free Relay team was led by the underclassmen; freshmen Jorden Hill (Birmingham, Ala.) and Kelsey Roberson (West Orange, N.J.), and sophomores Isabella Fountain (White Plains, N.Y.) and Michaela Spears (Highland, Ind.) ended the meet by winning the event, clocking in at a 1:39.13 time.
  • Juniors Breyahna Tyme (Ontario, Canada), Ileana Bocage (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago), Courtney Connolly (White Lake, MI) and freshman Kelsey Roberson finished second in the 200 Medley Relay clocking in at 1:49.81. This finish put them fifth in the school’s all-time list. 
  • Junior Teyana Johnson (San Antonio, Texas) finished second in the 1-meter dive. Posting a score of 243.23 points. Despite coming in second, Johnson’s score put her fourth in the school’s all-time list.

On Deck

The Bison stay at home as they prepare for crosstown foe, American University, on Friday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. inside Burr Gym Pool. 

Copy edited by: N’dia Webb

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