HUSwimming's Askew to be Honored at the Black History Invitational Swim Meet
WASHINGTON (February 14, 2019) – Howard University men's & women's swimming & diving head coach Nicholas Askewwill be this year's honoree at the 33rd Black History Invitational Swim Meet. The three-day event (Feb. 15-17) takes place at Takoma Aquatic Center (300 Van Buren Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20012). "This is a great honor," said Askew. "It's a privilege to be this year's honoree. I would like to thank Mayor [Muriel] Bowser and D.C. Parks & Recreation for this amazing opportunity." The Black History Invitational Swim Meet is recognized as a premier minority swim competition in the United States and around the world. This annual event is hosted by the District of Columbia Department of Parks & Recreation in conjunction with the United Black Fund to afford youth nationwide an opportunity to compete in aquatic competition. Coach Askew attended Howard as a two-sport student-athlete in swimming and tennis. During his collegiate career, he broke several school marks while winning several honors, including a six-time conference champion and three-time Most Valuable Player. Since returning as the Bison's head coach, the program has broken 35 school records in both men's and women's competition. Howard serves as the nation's only Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) swimming & diving program.