Howard University Women’s Swimming Victorious in Virginia

(Photo Credit – Frank Mitchell III)

WASHINGTON (October 15, 2018) – Howard University Women’s Swimming & Diving team was victorious Saturday when they defeated Barton and Virginia Military Institute (VMI).

HU topped Barton, 136-85, and then took down the Keydets, 136-91.

Individually, senior KaSandra Kaplan (Detroit), sophomore Christian Nickolas (Brentwood, Calif.) and freshman Madison Freeland (Glenside, Pa.) led the way.

Kaplan placed first in the women’s 200 free (1:58.81) and 200 butterfly (2:16.89) while Nickolas won the 1-meter (240.70) and 3-meter (214.58) dives.

Freeman also came away a winner in the women’s 1000-yard freestyle (11:11.87) and 100-yard freestyle (55.58). The Pennsylvania native performance in the 1000 free was the third-fastest in program history.

Other notable performance was senior and future Olympian Latroya Pina (Seeknok, Mass.) placing second in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke (2:35.93).

Howard also won a pair of relay events: 200-yard medley (1:56.31) and 200-yard freestyle (1:43.02).

Meantime, a day after competing at American, the Howard University Men’s Swim team went to Lexington, Va. where they placed third overall.

HU fell against VMI, 157.50-75.50, and then lost to Barton, 120-93.

Individually, sophomore Kegan Ford (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) led the way with two victories in the men’s 50 free (21.96) and 100 free (48.47).

Fellow classmate William Speakman Smith II (Jacksonville, Fla.) had a pair of top 3 performances in the 200-yard freestyle (3rd-place; 1:46.56) and 200-yard breaststroke (2nd-place; 2:15.25).

The 200-yard medley relay squad of seniors Alexander Barnes (Rockledge, Fla.), Farion Cooper II (Nassau, Bahamas) and Mark McCluskey (Hope, Maine), alongside newcomer Miguel Davis, Jr. (Prince George’s County, Md.) won with a time 1:38.24.

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On Oct. 20, the Bison host Chowan in their home opener. First event starts 2 p.m. inside Burr Pool.

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