Monday, February 15, 2016

Howard University Women's Swim Team Completes Historic Winning Season by Defeating Rival NC A&T

GREENSBORO, North Carolina -- Greensboro, NC---- The Lady Bison scored another notch in their belts when they defeated the ladies at North Carolina A & T 110-87 recently, posting  the best win record in program's history.  The 2015-16 squad defeated 11 of the 21 teams they competed against during the season.
This was the final meet between the two Division 1 HBCU teams, as NC A&T will be discontinuing its swimming and diving  program at the conclusion of the season.
Of the 13 events, the ladies from Howard placed first in five of them while dominating the distance events, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 1,000 and the 500 free events.       
In the 100 breastroke, Marina Markous (1:09:59) and Latroya Pina (1:11:17) took 1st and 2ndplace, respectively while KaSandra Kaplan and Benta Horton-Gee were the one-two punch in the 100 backstroke, capturing 1st and 2nd place.
It is important to note that two swimmers, Sydney Cooper and Mikella Henry, had personal best times, Cooper in the 200 free and Henry in the 500 free and the 100 breast.
Team captain Benta Horton-Gee secured her place in the HU history books by ranking  Number 4 in the 100 IM.

While acknowledging that it was a good meet for the Bison result wise, Howard Coach Nicholas Askew noted that the times were not the fastest.
"I am however overall satisfied with how we fought through some tough swims," noted Askew.  "We are beginning our taper and we are looking forward to resting more and allowing our bodies to recover from the grind of the season."
Next up for the Bison will be the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Conference Championships in Athens Georgia, February 17-20.


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