Howard Senior Profile Featuring Skylar Smith; A talk with LA native Skylar Smith


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WASHINGTON (May 26, 2020) Ė Howard University rising junior public relations major AíMaiya Allen had an opportunity to chat with recent graduate Skylar Smith (Los Angeles) from the womenís swimming & diving team, asking nine questions for the 2019-20 Senior Profile series.

Q: What is your favorite part about swimming?

A: Thatís a good one! Well, I love the team environment because even though swimming is an individual sport, I like how we compete to earn points for the team.

Throughout my swimming career, Iíve always had great teammates, which motivated me to be better. I like how the sport has both aspects in terms of scoring points not only for yourself, but for the team as well.

Q: How and when did you start swimming?

A: I started swimming during my freshman year in high school. We had a swim team, so I tried out and became pretty good. My career escalated from there.

Q: What has kept you motivated these past four years?

A: My teammates kept me motivated because they always reminded me to take things one lap, practice, and day at a time when times were challenging.

Also, my parents have been a big influence in my college and swimming career. They have always told me to finish what Iíve started.

Q: Why did you choose Howard?

A: I love this question! Iím from California, so Howard is pretty much across the world. I chose HU for several reasons.

First, I wanted a different environment while getting away from home. I can always go back home, but I knew Howard would be a different experience.

Also, I wanted to attend an HBCU. Before Howard, I attended predominantly white and Persian schools.

Lastly, Howard was the only HBCU with a swim team, so I knew the University was the right chose for me. I love HU.

Q: What is one thing you will miss about Howard?

A: Springtime, who doesnít love Howard in the spring?!? From September to February, my favorite competitions take place during the swim season. My spring semester starts off with a bang in conference competition, which is our biggest time of the year.

Since Iím from California, I love the heat. So, when itís hot outside, there are parties, and everyone is always happy. Meeting new people over the years is something Iím going to miss too.

And of course, my teammates!

Q: Favorite swimming and/or Howard memory?

A: My favorite memory is this yearís conference championship. After looking back at my career, this was my final collegiate swim meet and everything went perfect.

Our team is family-oriented, so weíre together 24/7. At the conference meet, everyone put on a show with personal bests and record-breaking performances. We raised the bar this year and finishing my career on a high note was a great feeling.

Also, my family was there to support me in my final race. Our coaches hosted a dinner and it was great, everything was just so perfect!

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: Iím planning on attending graduate school and figuring out from there. Also, Iím open to new opportunities, so Iíve been looking at different internships.

Iím a sports medicine major, so I planned to go the PA (physician assistant) route, but Iím still open.

Q: The most special thing about Howard?

A: The people make Howard so great! Like any other university, Howard has its challenges, but the people care for each other. Everyone helps each other and youíre never alone, so itís a family-oriented atmosphere. When you meet people, you never know who theyíre going to be after graduation. Since my time at Howard, Iíve met great people from all over the world.

Also, my coaches are so special because theyíve guided me throughout my years. I consider my coaches family. Iíll miss going to their office every day.

Q: Any parting words for the rest of the team?

A: My advice is to use this opportunity to the fullest because we often take a lot of things for granted. Looking back, I realized how fast time flew.

I wish my teammates the absolute best because weíve been through so much together. Through those challenging times, we pushed each other. At times, it might feel like you canít do it, but itís all going to be worth it in the end.

About Smith

Skylar Smith was a four-year member of the womenís swimming & diving team where she competed in the freestyle events. Her primary events included the 100-yard, 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles.

In Spring 2020, the Los Angeles native graduated after majoring in sports medicine with a minor in chemistry. She plans to attend graduate school while pursuing a career as a physician assistant.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
5/22/2020 | General  Photo courtesy VUU
A school-record five Virginia Union University athletic programs have captured the CIAA Dr. Freddie Vaughns High Grade Point Average Awards for 2019-20, the CIAA announced on Thursday, May 21.

This award is given annually to the team in each of the CIAA's sponsored sports with the highest cumulative grade point average. Teams were formally recognized during the annual CIAA spring meeting.

Virginia Union's volleyball, women's indoor track & field, bowling, women's tennis and women's outdoor track & field programs were all award recipients.

"The academic achievements our student-athletics accomplished this year are clear indicators of unwavering commitment and true grit," said Dr. Deborah Martin, VUU's Faculty Athletic Representative. "The VUU legacy continues."

"To excel on the field you also have to excel in the classroom as shown by the VUU sports teams listed below," said VUU Assistant Director for Academic Support E. Lee Coble. "As we always say, 'Students First, Athletes Second.' Congratulations...Panther Pride!"

VUU's volleyball team had a cumulative GPA of 3.51, the women's indoor track & field recorded a GPA of 3.33. Virginia Union's bowling team recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.53 while the women's tennis team's GPA was 3.65. The VUU women's outdoor track & field team recorded a GPA of 3.27.

The complete listing of GPA award winners is:

Sport Institution Team GPA
Football Livingstone College 2.84
Volleyball Virginia Union University 3.51
Men's Cross Country Shaw University 3.33
Women's Cross Country Johnson C. Smith University 3.58
Men's Indoor Track & Field Livingstone College 3.14
Women's Indoor Track & Field Virginia Union University 3.33
Men's Basketball Livingstone College 3.15
Women's Basketball Livingstone College 3.39
Bowling Virginia Union University 3.53
Golf Livingstone College 3.60
Women's Tennis Virginia Union University 3.65
Softball Saint Augustine's University 3.33
Men's Outdoor Track & Field Livingstone College 3.17
Women's Outdoor Track & Field Virginia Union University 3.27
Cheerleading Claflin University 3.29
 

 

 

   

NCCU Athletics  Photo Courtesy NCCU
ON THIS DATE (May 23, 1998) Elisha Marshall becomes the first female to win a national championship in North Carolina Central University history when she wins the women's 100-meter dash at the 1998 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Edwardsville, Illinois.

A six-time All-American, the senior from Fayetteville, N.C., finished the race in 11.81 seconds to earn recognition as the top women's 100m sprinter in the NCAA Division II.

"It was a perfect ending to my senior year," Marshall said moments after making history. "First graduation, and now a national championship."

Marshall was inducted into the NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.
HOF Bio: https://nccueaglepride.com/Ö/alex-m-riveÖ/elisha-marshall/64

 
James Heath
HAMPTON, Va. -- Hampton University athletics had four teams record their highest multi-year APR score in program history as announced today by the NCAA. The four-year range for the APR scores are 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The womenís tennis team recorded its fifth straight perfect four-year APR score of 1,000. Menís golf set its high mark with a 979 this year, while womenís soccer (978) and menís lacrosse (919) also set new standards.

With womenís soccer and menís lacrosse being new programs, this is their first four-year group so they are not in danger of post-season ineligibility.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

For more information on Hampton University athletics, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
 
Howard Athletics' Bison Awards an Amazing Success
Derek Bryant
Photo Courtesy Howard
HAMPTON, Va. -- Hampton University athletics had four teams record their highest multi-year APR score in program history as announced today by the NCAA. The four-year range for the APR scores are 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The womenís tennis team recorded its fifth straight perfect four-year APR score of 1,000. Menís golf set its high mark with a 979 this year, while womenís soccer (978) and menís lacrosse (919) also set new standards.

With womenís soccer and menís lacrosse being new programs, this is their first four-year group so they are not in danger of post-season ineligibility.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

For more information on Hampton University athletics visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.