Now Only One HBCU Has an Intercollegiate Swim Team
Filed in HBCUs on February 15, 2016
In 2013, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro announced that it was phasing out its intercollegiate swimming team. Despite efforts to keep a swimming program at the historically Black university, the team competed in its last dual meet this past Saturday. Now Howard University in Washington, D.C. is the only HBCU with an intercollegiate swim team.
The Howard University swim team lists 15 women and 11 men on its current roster. The team is coached by Nicholas Askew, a 2001 graduate of Howard University who was a member of both the university’s swim team and tennis team. He was hired as head swim coach in 2014 after serving as an assistant tennis coach at Howard. Askew earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Howard.