Howard Bison Swim to New Heights


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (February 20, 2020) – Howard University women’s swimming & diving team continues to make strides at the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Championships where several young Bison have etched themselves into the program’s all-time performance lists.

The 200 Free Relay squad of senior Leanne McMaster (Kingston, Jamaica), sophomores Asha Evans (Atlanta) and Madison Freeland (Glenside, Pa.) and newcomer Courtney Connolly (White Lake, Mich.) recorded the fourth-fastest time in school history, clocking in at 1:37.24.

Individually, Evans left her mark in the women’s 50 Free with three top 10 school performances. The Atlanta native registered the seventh (24.17), eighth (24.18) and 10th (24.54) best times, respectively.

Connolly competed in the women’s 200 IM where she landed fourth in the program’s all-time list, producing a 2:11.94.  Freeland also had a solid outing in the women’s 500 Free with a 5:13.60 time.

In two days, the Bison have taken down eight benchmarks, including one on the women’s side.  After two days, HU women sit ninth with 143 points at the midway point.

The action continues Friday (Feb. 21) with more events held inside the Allan Jones Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee.

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