|Howard Men’s Swimming & Diving Defeats VMI in
Freshmen lead the way to victory
Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)
WASHINGTON (October 5, 2019) – Howard University men’s swimming &
diving team defeated Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 167.5-126.5,
inside a packed Burr Pool.
With the victory, HU secured its first home win of the season while
extending its home winning streak to seven, dating back to November
Howard opened the afternoon with the men’s 200 medley relay where
junior Kegan Ford (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago), sophomore
Miguel Davis, Jr. (Washington) and freshmen Miles Simon (Atlanta)
and Arion Solomon (Fairburn, Ga.) were victorious, clocking in with
the program’s fourth-fastest mark (1:33.76).
Individually, Simon and fellow classmate Luke-Kennedy Thompson
(Nassau, Bahamas) led the way.
Simon won the men’s 100 Backstroke (54.67) and 200 Backstroke
(1:59.23) while Thompson claimed first-place in the 200 Freestyle
(1:46.49) and 500 Freestyle (4:50.68).
On the afternoon, HU won 11 events overall (10 individual and one
Other notable winners include Davis, Jr. (100 Breast; 1:00.14), Ford
(100 Free; 48.80), Solomon (100 Butterfly; 51.98), junior William
Speakman Smith II (Jacksonville, Fla.; 200 Breast; 2:10.94) and
newcomers Mark-Anthony Beckles (Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago; 50
Free; 21.42) and Reese Samuel (Pittsburgh, Pa.; 200 Butterfly;
To view the all results versus VMI, please click here.
On Oct. 19, Howard travels to Murfreesboro, N.C. for a duel meet
against Chowan. First race is set for 1 p.m.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at
| Branch Joins CU Swimming
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Athletic Department and head
coach Nikki White announced the hiring of Michael Branch as
Assistant Men's and Women's Swimming Coach for the 2019-2020
Michael comes to Chowan after two years as Assistant Coach
and Recruiting Coordinator for the Wilmington College Men's
and Women's Swim Team, where he coached one conference
champion and three all-conference finishers.
Prior to Wilmington, Michael was Head Swim Coach for Legacy
High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he coached two
individual state champions, one relay state champion, and
two state runner-ups. He was alsoan Assistant Coach for the
Las Vegas Swim Club.
Michael swam for the University of Mount Union, where he was
a four year letter winner and earned all-conference honors
in the 1650 yard freestyle and 400 yard individual medley.
He graduated from Mount Unionin 2016 with a bachelor's of
science in Athletic Training with a minor in Exercise
|Dr. Joetta (Jodi) Jensen
Named First Hampton Women's Triathlon Coach
HAMPTON, Va. -- Dr. Joetta (Jodi) Jensen, the current
Director of Aquatics at Hampton University, was announced
today as the first head coach of the Hampton Women’s
“It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Jensen to our athletic
department,” said Hampton University Director of Athletics
Eugene Marshall, Jr. “The creating of our first women’s
triathlon team is another step in the vision of our
President. Dr. William R. Harvey, as the Standard of
Excellence and we look forward to seeing this team develop
under Dr. Jensen.”
She has been the Director of Aquatics at Hampton since 2004
where she teaches undergraduate classes in swimming,
lifeguard training, water safety, First Aid and CPR. Jensen
has taught all levels of swimming in all areas from
children, to adults, to helping train triathletes.
Dr. Jensen is a nationally recognized Aquatics Professor
with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Before
coming to Hampton University, she worked in public parks and
recreation for James City County and the City of Newport
News, managing indoor aquatic facilities, outdoor aquatic
facilities and a waterfront. Dr. Jensen also taught at
Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University.
“With Hampton being the first HBCU school to sponsor women’s
triathlon, it is another step in the school continuing to be
a leader for opportunities for women,” Jensen said. “Our
first year we will be looking to build the foundation and
participate in a meet in October held at Smith Mountain
Lake, Va. Following a year to hit the recruiting trail, we
would be looking to make an impact on the national scene in
year two and beyond.”
She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Recreation
and Tourism from Christopher Newport University in 1997 and
her Masters of Public Administration from Old Dominion
University in 2002. Dr. Jensen received her Doctorate of
Philosophy in Educational Management from Hampton University
For more information on Hampton University women’s
triathlon, please contact the Office of Sports Information
at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at