Saturday afternoon featured the Howard University women's and men's swimming program travel to UMBC for their meeting with the accomplished Retrievers. The Bison came away with 20 season-best swims on the afternoon, 10 each for the women and the men, including nine Top-3 finishes against the home squad. The Navy and White, though, fell on both sides of the docket, with the men's team being handled by the Retrievers 127-111. The Lady Bison lost to the Lady Retrievers by a score of 125-104.
The Bison were paced by senior Zadok Isaacs who notched the only Bison triumph on the afternoon. Isaacs looked strong in his final two lengths of the 100 freestyle, and pulled away from the oncoming Retrievers with winning time of 48.41, his fastest split of the young season. Earlier in the contest, Isaacs took second place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.11.
Sophomore Trent Popovich had a solid outing for the Bison. Popovich took second place honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.53. Earlier, Popovich wrapped-up third place in the 200 freestyle with a season-best mark of 1:51.53. Junior Darell Hungerford duplicated Popovich's feat by earning a second and third place finish, as well. In the 100 breaststroke, Hungerford posted a 1:02.90 and later, in the 200 breaststroke, split a time of 2:24.36, his fastest in any fall semester at Howard.
Sophomore Miles Hector swam a season-best time in the 1000 freestyle, earning second place honors in a time of 10:18.61. Freshman Matthew Wilson swam very well in the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.66, placing him in third.
The women's team was highlighted by junior Ashley Douglas and senior E'lan Brewer Douglas narrowly missed earning another first place finish in the 50 freestyle, but still swam well touching in second place with a time of 25.71. Brewer swam three season best times in her freestyle events, highlighted by her 26-second drop in the 1000 freestyle where she finished fourth in a time of 11:55.55.
The Bison will be facing the Retrievers later this week. The teams will travel to Fairfax, Virginia for the George Mason Invitational on Thursday, November 15 through Saturday, November 17. Besides Howard and UMBC, American, George Washington, Seton Hall, Shippensburg, UNC-Wilmington and host George Mason will be competing on both the men's and women's sides with Ohio University and the University of Richmond having their women's programs competing. The preliminary rounds for each day begin at 10AM with the finals commencing at 6PM.