Howard’s all-Black swim & dive team New chapter in U.S. history

The Howard Bison, the only all-Black team in collegiate swimming, made a splash by becoming the first all-Black swim team to be spotlighted in the highly-cited sports magazine “Sports Illustrated.”

At the start of the fall season in October of last year, “Sports Illustrated” started covering the Howard University swim and dive team. The revolutionary feature article reveals the barriers the team is shattering. They are putting to bed the old stereotype of Black people not being able to swim.

Senior Raychel Fauntroy, captain of the women’s team, expressed her joy at the team being recognized. “When Coach Nic asked me to be in the photo shoot for it, I was really shocked that they wanted to do an article and feature us.

A lot of people don’t know Howard has a swim team let alone the only HBCU with one,” Fauntroy said.

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