From the opening race through the final relay, the Howard Bison swimmers demonstrated a great deal of skill on fortitude in the CCSA conference competition against visiting Virginia Military Institute. The Lady Bison were anchored by a number of outstanding performances and rolled to a 156-93 victory over the Lady Keydets.
Despite taking seven events, including a scintillating final relay, the men's squad fell to the visiting Keydets, 172-115.
The Lady Bison dominance came from a triumvirate of swimmers that claimed the fastest times in each of the four events they swam. Junior Janai Ederaine grabbed the spotlight early. Swimming the 1650 freestyle for the first time in her career, Ederaine blasted her way into 3rd all-time in the Howard books with a winning time of 19:14.88. In fact, Ederaine's lead-off 1000 split inside the 1650 was clocked at 11:37.46, which seats her 6th all-time in the 1000 freestyle all-time for the Lady Bison. After intermission, Ederaine opened the restart with a victory in the 100 freestyle, clocking a 58.17.
Junior Ashley Douglas continued her masterful season with two dominant victories, running her season total to six individual wins on the season. In the 50 freestyle, Douglas swam her fastest dual meet time of the season with a 25.22. In the 100 butterfly, Douglas touched well ahead of the competition with a 1:04.32.
Sophomore Briana Dillon had another outstanding meet, also earning her fifth and sixth individual wins of the season. In the 100 backstroke, Dillon took charge in the final 25 yards to triumph in a time of 1:01.36. In her first 200 breaststroke race at Howard, Dillon took control early and finished with a winning time of 2:42.55.
Ederaine, Douglas and Dillon joined with senior Summer Davi to set the tone for the Lady Bison in the first event. The women's 200 medley relay swam the Bison power past the Lady Keydets with a victorious time of 1:57.12. The meet for the women ended with Ederaine, Douglas and Dillon joining freshman Benta Horton-Gee to split the fastest time of the event in the 200 freestyle relay. Their time of 1:43.30 paced the field by over six seconds.
Davis had her most decorated meet in her Howard career. Not only leading the charge in the 200 medley relay, but Davis went on to conquer the 200 butterfly (2:29.95) and the 200 backstroke (2:26.65) as well as scoring a second place finish in the 200 individual medley with a season-best time of 2:27.53.
Senior E'lan Brewer and junior Nandi Ross chalked-up victories for the Lady Bison. Brewer battled the field in the 200 freestyle and came away with an impressive 2:06.00. Ross overcame an oncoming field in the 100 breaststroke to notch a season-best, victorious time of 1:17.26.
The men's team brought some of their finer performances of the seasons to the home contest. The loudest fireworks on the afternoon came in the final event with the 200 freestyle relay. Anchored by senior Zadok Isaacs the men's team of freshman Matt Wilson sophomores Trent Popovich and Benjamin Skelding and Isaacs went toe-to-toe with Keydets. Isaacs split of 21.15 was just enough for the Bison to finish a winning time of 1:31.05, just 0.03 seconds in front of VMI.
Earlier, Isaacs had an equally impressive come-from-behind win in the 200 backstroke. His 2:02.43 time was his fastest dual meet split in the event. Prior to taking the 200 back, Isaacs finished first in the 200 butterfly with a 2:09.86. His first individual race of the afternoon, saw the senior finish fourth in the 1650 freestyle. His time of 18:15.67, though, was good for fourth all-time at HU in the event.
One of the swimmers in front of Isaacs was sophomore Miles Hector who took control midway through the event to win the 1650 freestyle in a time of 17:16.83. Fellow sophomore Skelding accomplished the impressive feat of winning the 200 individual medley, the event immediately before the final 200 freestyle relay. His time of 2:06.53 marked his first victory of the season.
Senior Kelvin Goodman also snatched his first victory of the year in the 200 breaststroke. Goodman improved his season-best mark by over five seconds with a time of 2:22.11. Junior Darell Hungerford took the 100 breaststroke crown with a time of 1:02.15 and finished just behind Goodman in the 200 breaststroke for second place.
The Bison will be in action on Saturday, Decemeber 8th. Howard will travel across the District to Georgetown to face the hosting Hoyas and Catholic University at 1PM.
The VMI men's swimming and diving team won eight events, three of which involved Connor McMahon, and went on to defeat Howard 172-115 in dual meet action Saturday in Washington, D.C.
McMahon captured victory in both the 50 and 100 free, clocking in at 22.16 and 49.75 seconds respectively. He then anchored VMI's (2-4) winning 200 medley relay, which also included Clarke Ruska, Stephen Lloyd and Jared Redding and timed in at 1:42.23.
Redding, meanwhile, returned later on to capture a win in the 100 fly. The freshman touched the wall in 55.23 seconds to take that title.
Fellow freshman Christian Shaner continued the strong start to his VMI career, winning two events against HU. Shaner took the 200 free in 1:49.35, and went on to capture the 500 free in 4:52.27.
VMI also saw Jeremy Senn, yet another freshman, win the 100 back (56.90), while Nate Myers recorded a mark of 244.45 to win the 1-meter diving event.
VMI men's swimming and diving is back in the pool Jan. 18, taking on Limestone in Gaffney, S.C. Action is set to get underway at 5 p.m.
Ally Van Valen set three freshman school records, one of which was also a varsity mark, to lead the way for VMI women's swimming and diving against Howard Saturday in Washington, D.C. The Keydets fell 156-93 to drop to 0-9 on the season.
Van Valen was the winner in the 500 free, clocking in at 5:42 even to take the title. The time was both a freshman and varsity record for the first-year Keydet, and made it five varsity marks to fall to the VMI squad so far this season.
The Empire State native also delivered freshman records in the 1000 free (12:08.47, some 20 seconds better than the previous mark) and 1650 free (20:17.47) on Saturday afternoon against the Bison.
Heather Magill was another Keydet winner on Saturday, as Magill took victory in the 1-meter diving event. Her total of 253.60 broke her own school record, set last year as a true freshman.
The Keydets were also victorious in the 200 free relay, as Elise Reed, Emy Farsakian, Amanda Berrios and Mackenzie Perkins teamed up to touch the wall at 1:49.93, and in the 200 IM, where Justina Dunne broke her own school record by posting a 2:20.52 mark.
VMI women's swimming and diving is back in the pool Tuesday, when the Keydets take on Hollins at Clark King Pool. Action is set to get underway at 6 p.m.