On Saturday Jan 30 the Bison took on the Catholic University Cardinals in a dual meet clash. Bahamian Farion Cooper had the best placing of the CARIFTA region swimmers in action that day.
Cooper won the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 54.86.He would remain among the top 3 for the rest of his swims. In the 200 yard backstroke Cooper finished 2nd in a time of 2:07.73. His 2:09.73 clocking in the 200 yard individual medley had him finishing 3rd. In the 200 yard freestyle relay the Bison team Mark McCluskey (23.03), Cooper (24.746) Jamaican freshman Nicholas Haughton (22.68) and Jared Miller (21.40) combined for 2nd place in a total time of 1:31.85.
Haughton had 3rd place finishes in the 500 yard freestyle and 200 yard freestyle events. His time in the 500 yard freestyle was 5:11.22.Nicholas stopped the clock in 1:51.96 for the 200 yard event.
Recent addition to the Bison Trinidad and Tobago’s Mathew Sheppard had his best performance in the 100 yard backstroke when he finished 3rd in 56.11.He was 4th in the 100 yard butterfly in 1:08.56 and 6th in the 200 yard backstroke in 2:53.99.
Head Coach Nic Askew had the following comments about his Caribbean contingent performances and expectations heading into the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference Championships.
“I am very pleased with Farion, Nick and Matthew’s performances versus Catholic University .Both of Haughton’s swims were faster than his times at our previous meet. He is well on course to have personal bests in every event he swims at Conference Championships. Sheppard is continuing to put in the hard yardage and improve day in and day out. I can really count on him at meets to do what is needed for the team and for him to improve. Cooper has put in more work this year than at any point in his life .He has already posted best times in most of his events and is primed to have some significant drops at Conference Champs. Catholic was the last meet before our meet began its taper so I consider the times we posted as pretty strong considering all of them have reached maximum load .I know they all deserve this much needed taper”
Coach Askew’s work as Head Coach at Howard was recently highlighted by USA swimming in their month long celebration of Black History Month.