Freshman and sophomore swimmers provided significant victories for the Howard University Men's Swimming and Diving in the team's recent win over crosstown rival Catholic including second-year sensation Miguel Davis Jr. (pictured) who took individual honors with his first-place win in the 200 Breast. (Ccourtesy of Mark Coleman)
Freshman and sophomore swimmers provided significant victories for the Howard University Men's Swimming and Diving in the team's recent win over crosstown rival Catholic including second-year sensation Miguel Davis Jr. (pictured) who took individual honors with his first-place win in the 200 Breast. (Ccourtesy of Mark Coleman)

Howard University men’s swimming & diving team went crosstown and defeated rival Catholic, 162-134, improving their record for the season to 6-2.

The freshmen trio of Miles Simon (Atlanta), Arion Solomon (Fairburn, Ga.) and Luke-Kennedy Thompson (Nassau, Bahamas) led the way, each recording a pair of individual victories.

Simon won the men’s 200 Free (1:44.95) and 200 Back (1:57.14) with times that rank 10th and fourth, respectively, in all-time in program history.

Thompson also secured a place in the school’s record book, winning the 1000 Free (9:57.63) — the third-fastest mark in Howard’s history. Additionally, the Bahamas native took gold in the men’s 200 IM, clocking in at 1:59.23.

Solomon earned victories in the 50 Free (21.86) and 100 Butterfly (52.94).

Other notable individual wins included: sophomore Miguel Davis Jr. (Washington/200 Breast/2:17.06) and freshmen Mark-Anthony Beckles (Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago/100 Free/47.08) and T’lez Foulkes (Durham/100 Breast/1:00.42).

HU also claimed wins in a pair of relay events: 200 medley relay (1:37.47) and 200 free relay (1:27.08). Newcomer Reese Samuel (Pittsburgh) finished runner-up in the men’s 200 Butterfly (1:58.99) — the sixth-best time in program history.

Meanwhile, third-year Bison Jalen Watson (Miami) continues to improve on the board, registering a new personal best (177.05) in the men’s 1-meter dive which ranks fourth all-time in school history.

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