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HU Men’s Swimming & Diving Team Downs Crosstown Rival

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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