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Who will win this the 9th Annual HBCU Championships this year? NCAT? HU? or FAMU?

Started by Miriam S Lynch Nov 19, 2009. 0 Replies

If you are in town check out the 9th Annual HBCU Championships at FAMU in Tallahasse, FL. The details are listed below:Time: February 6, 2010 from 2pm to 4pmLocation: Morcom Aquatics CenterStreet:…Continue

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Steven Prince Stevens 1988-2012

The FAMU family mourns the loss Steven Prince Stevens II. Stevens was a member of the men's swimming team from 2006-2008, before joining the Marines. Private First Class Stevens , was killed in battle in Afghanistan from shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade. Stevens is survived by his wife Monique and his three-month-old son Kairo, who was born just eight days after his deployment.

Swimming alumni place at the 10th Annual Black Heritage Swimming Championship

This past weekend, three Rattler swimming alumni competed in the 10th annual Black Heritage Swimming Championship in Cary, NC. The competition was hosted by the North Carolina Aquablazers at the Triangle Aquatics Center. The annual competition attracted over 900 swimmers from the across the US.

Dennis Mobley (Class of 2010) swam the sprint freestyle and breaststroke events for the men's team. Mobley represented the North Carolina Aquablazers with a 25th place in the 50 yard breaststroke with a 34.08, 30th in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:21.55) and 59th in the 50 yard freestyle (:27.55).

Coach Gregory Lowe, representing his hometown Plainfield(NJ) Aquatic Club, started the weekend with a fifth place finish in the 50 yard breaststroke (:30.33). He ended the first day of competition as the third leg of Plainfield's 200 yard freestyle relay A team for second place.

On Sunday, Lowe finished 29th in the 50 yard butterfly (:29.08) and rounded out the day of individual events with a 29th place in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of :25.13. Lowe earned a sliver medal as the second leg of  Plainfield's 200 yard medley relay 'A' team.

As coach/swimmer of the Potomac Valley Swimming diversity swim team, Douglas Carrington started the weekend with a 12th place finish in the 200 yard freestyle with a 2:00.87. Carrington again for a second year placed eighth place in the 50 yard backstroke with a time of :28.87. On Sunday, he had a full day starting with the 100 yard freestyle. He grabbed 17th place shaving off three tenths of a second for a time of :53.40. In his second event of the morning, Carrington grabbed the bronze in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.48. Capping off the morning of individual events, Carrington finished 22nd with a time :24.64 in the 50 yard freestyle.

In the final event of the morning, Lowe and Carrington competed again in the coaches relay. Carrington and Potomac Valley relay team redeemed themselves from last year and grabbed the win and bragging rights until next year!

Coach Carrington and the rest of the Potomac Valley team celebrated on Sunday evening as they earned their first back to back team championship with a total of 4017 points. Coach Lowe's Plainfield team (combined  with the Metro Dynasty Swim team)was second at 2432 points. Full meet results can be found here!

Swimming Alum featured in FAMU NEWS!

Former Head Coach, Alum and swimmer Douglas R. Carrington makes the Rattler news with his wife and their work in Egypt this past summer...Check out the article!

Alums participate in archeology project in Egypt

Renita Canady and Douglas Carrington’s love story is like that of many FAMU alumni who came before them. They attended FAMU, met, fell in love and got married. However, when it came time for them to celebrate their first anniversary, they did something decidedly different from most couples — they volunteered for an archeology mission in central Egypt.

“We have both always dreamed of traveling to the land of antiquities and literally walking in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors,” said Canady. “So when the opportunity arose for us to go to Egypt with this mission, we jumped at the chance.”

Her husband agreed.

“I wanted this trip to allow me to live out a trip like an Indiana Jones adventure,” he said.

The mission the couple participated in was the Asa G. Hilard South Asasif Conservation mission funded by the ASA Restoration Project. Dr. Elena Pischikova, an Egyptologist and an authority on Egyptian and Kushite Art of the Late Kingdom, founded the South Asasif Conservation Project. Author and historian Anthony Browder was conducting his annual Egyptian tour in the summer of 2008 when he was introduced to Pischikova. While touring the South Asasif excavation sites, he immediately recognized the importance of her discoveries and made a commitment to support her work.

During the fall after the 2010 season, Browder made a presentation in Washington, DC. He described the findings during that summer’s mission in Egypt by the ASA Restoration Project to local community members. That day, Renita and Doug were in the audience and were captivated by those findings.

“After that presentation, we knew we were going to Kemet (Egypt)!” Doug recalls.

The couple spent two weeks at the South Asasif excavation site. They spent their days handling millennia-old temple artifacts and touring the site’s burial chambers. They roamed the streets of Luxor in the afternoon and evenings, allowing them the opportunity to visit the Valley of the Kings, the famed Temple of Karnak, and dined on the banks of the Nile River.

Canady earned her master’s in business administration from the FAMU School of Business and Industry in 2009. Carrington earned bachelor’s degrees in computer engineering and electrical engineering from the FAMU-Florida State University College of Engineering in 2005. He later served as assistant and then head coach for the swim team.

The duo is currently planning to return to Egypt this summer to continue working on the project.

“The tomb excavation is nearly complete,” he said. I am interested in working with the team to plan and execute the restoration of the tomb site. Also, the temple facility has been found and I would be part of that excavation and restoration. We also are going to take a cruise – maybe down the Nile – and celebrate our second wedding anniversary!”

To learn more about the ASA Restoration Project and potential volunteering opportunities, visit

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Comment by Miriam S Lynch on January 23, 2012 at 11:26am
In the February 2012 issue of Splash Magazine - the official magazine of USA Swimming - the Howard University Bison swimmers were recognized as "influential contributors" for championing the cause of swimming in the black community.  To be recognized in a national magazine is quite an honor for the team and university.  The attachment is a page can be found here.BlackHistoryAdSplash%5B1%5D.pdf
Comment by Jayson Jackson on February 7, 2011 at 2:10pm
To save everyone some trouble. The feed for Coach Salerno's blog will populate above in the HBCU Swim News. Thanks.
Comment by Miriam S Lynch on February 7, 2011 at 1:59pm
The Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships will be held in Athens, Georgia on the campus of the University of Georgia from Thursday, February 17th through Saturday, February 19th.
If you are in the area, go by and support our HBCU teams. Below is a quick schedule of the events.  Each of the events is listed in order.  The top 16 swimmers in each event from the morning will swim for points in the evening.  The top 8 divers from the preliminary afternoon session will compete for points in the evening:
Thursday, February 17th - Day I of competition:
Swimming: 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free / morning preliminary round begins at 10AM
Diving: Women's 1-meter diving and men's 3-meter diving will begin at 1:30PM.
Finals begin at 6PM and include 200 freestyle relay to begin the evening and 400 medley relay to end the evening.
Friday, February 18th - Day II of competition:
Swimming: 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back / morning preliminary round begins at 10AM
Diving: Men's 1-meter diving will begin at 1:30PM.
Finals begin at 6PM and include 200 medley relay to begin the evening and 800 freestyle relay to end the evening.
Saturday, February 19th - Day III of competition:
Swimming: 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast 200 fly / morning preliminary round begins at 10AM
1650 Free (mile) will be swum at the conclusion of the morning preliminary round.  Swimmers participating in the 1650 free only need to race once in this event.
Diving: Women's 3-meter diving will begin at 1:30PM.
Finals begin at 6PM and include the fastest heat of the 1650 free to begin the evening and 400 freestyle relay to end the evening.
Starting tomorrow, Head Coach Matthew Salerno (Howard) will post on the Howard Swiming and Diving Blog about the events leading up and during the conference championships. Please follow him here: 
Comment by Jayson Jackson on January 18, 2011 at 4:51pm
If you know of an HBCU Swimming and Diving news feed, please let me know so I can add it to the group. Thanks.
Comment by Douglas Carrington on October 26, 2010 at 10:34am
check out the results from the Lady Rattlers season opener:
Comment by Miriam S Lynch on April 9, 2010 at 2:57pm
Pictures coming soon from the College Knowledge Event and Swim Clinic in Boston, MA
Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on February 18, 2010 at 4:49pm
I joined to stay informed about swimming at the HBCU's. Thanks for organizing this network.
Comment by Miriam S Lynch on January 4, 2010 at 9:58am
Follow the Howard University Swim Team here:
Comment by Miriam S Lynch on November 24, 2009 at 9:48am
Check out these resutls for NCAT at the Radford Invite held at Radford University Nov. 19-22.
Comment by Miriam S Lynch on November 24, 2009 at 9:28am
Check out the results for Howard at the Patriot Invite held at George Mason University Nov. 19-22.

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