Howard University’s swimming team put on one of its better performances of the 2011 season during the George Mason Patriot Invitational, Nov. 18-19, thanks in part to freshman Miles Hector. According to Howard Media Relations, the Omaha, Neb. native was outstanding in the 1650 meter freestyle race, finishing with a new school record time of 16 minutes, 52.41 seconds. He already owned the 1000 meter freestyle school record, but now he has two records under his belt. Hector finished 17th overall in the entire invitational, the highest of any Howard swimmer throughout the weekend.
Fellow freshman Dexter Brown joined Hector in strong performances in the George Mason event, as he earned 22nd place in the 200 meter breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 15.40 seconds. Teammate Zadok Isaacs of Trinidad and Tobago also stood out, finishing 22nd overall in the 200 meter backstroke race with a tie of 1 minute, 59.33 seconds. Isaacs joined Brown, along with sophomore Darell Hungerford and freshman Ben Skelding in securing 13th place in the 400 meter freestyle relay race; their finishing time was 3 minutes, 17.56 seconds.
Meanwhile, Howard’s women swimming team also represented the university well, as four different Lady Bison swimmers placed at the event. Sophomore Nandi Ross placed 19th overall with a 2 minutes, 47.09 seconds finish in the 200 meter breaststroke race. Freshman Briana Dillon linked up with sophomores Janai Ederaine and Ashley Douglas and junior E’lan Brewer to earn 12th place in the 400 meter freestyle relay race with a time of 3 minutes, 43.94 seconds.