Aggies Take Down Bison In Dual Meet
GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T women’s swimming team used five first-place finishes along with several other stellar performances to sneak by Howard University, 108-95 in a dual meet at Burr Gymnasium Swimming Complex, Friday evening.
It was A&T’s second time defeating the Bison this season as it secured a 109-88 win over them back in November.
“It was an awesome experience to compete in an atmosphere that overflowed with the rich history of HBCU swimming,” said head coach Shawn Hendrix.
“It’s hard to describe,” said Hendrix. “For coaches it’s a chest game moving swimmers around in different events and guessing what his/her lineup will be. They had 12 swimmers we had 11. This means he will have two relays to our one. Each relay score is 11 points. Relays win meets.”
Dominique Crable won the 50-yard freestyle (26.02) while Ariel Wallace captured first in the 100-yard butterfly with a mark of 1:01.82. Kenya Dunn and Jackson rounded out the first-place finishes in the 100-yard free (57.08) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.17).
“Our strategic plan was to mix up the swimmers individual events and place first in events we lost to them at the last meet," said Hendrix.
What helped lead the Aggies by the Bison were their considerable number of second and third-place finishes. Wallace (2:03.61) and Niya Ross (2:10.82) finished second and third respectively in the 200-yard free while Jacobs (2:29.19) and Orr (2:30.47) took the same spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Jacobs notched another second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.28, followed by Emani Davies (1:08.38) in third.
In the 100-yard butterfly Ross was second (1:05.38) and in the 100-yard breaststroke Jade Hill (1:13.39) and Orr (1:15.33) finished second and third respectively.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team (Dunn, Crable, Ross, and Carrington) finished second in the final event with a time of 1:43.13.
“We won the first relay but after the first break Howard was ahead 48-44,” said Hendrix. “After the second break A&T was up 85-82. That meant we had to get first, second, and third in the breaststroke and get second in the 200-yard relay to win. And of course we did. Why? Because that’s what Aggies do!"
A&T will head back into the pool on Friday, Jan. 23 when it faces VMI in a dual meet in Lexington, Va., at 4 p.m.