Honors: CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2017) ... All-ACC Academic (2016) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2016, 2017)
2016-17: Advanced to the 100 breaststroke consolation final for the second-straight year at the ACC Championships ... Came in 12th after touching at 53.58 in preliminaries for sixth on the Blue Devils' all-time performance list ... Also took 12th at the 200-yard distance after moving up to third on the all-time top 10 during preliminaries ... Was just outside the top 24 in the 200 individual medley with a career-best time of 1:46.88 that ranked him third on the all-time top 10 ... Won the 200 breaststroke at Queens University (12/3) ... Took second in the 200 breaststroke and was third to the wall in the 200 IM at the NC State GAC Invite ... Over the summer, represented the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel ... Claimed gold individually in the 200-meter individual medley, settting a Maccabiah record in the process ... Added bronze medals in the 200 freestyle and 100 and 200 breaststroke while winning gold as a member of the 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays.
2015-16: One of five Blue Devils to qualify for the 100 breaststroke finals at the ACC Championship, finishing 12th overall ... 53.85 clocking in event preliminaries was good for sixth on the program's all-time performance list ... Placed 10th in the conference in the 200 breaststroke, marking the highest finish by a freshman in the event ... Finals time of 1:57.17 was the team's second-fastest of the season and among the top five performances in Duke history ... Surpassed the NCAA provisional standards in both breaststroke events and the 200 IM at ACCs ... Third in the 200 IM at the Nike Cup Invitational ... 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Prior to Duke: Represented the United States at 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he served as the boys' team captain … Won five individual gold medals at that meet, as well as four silver medals in three relays and one individual event … Took bronze in the open water competition … Also competed at the 2011 Pan American Maccabiah Games in Sao Paolo, Brazil … Nationals and Junior Nationals qualifier … Selected to 2012 North American Challenge Cup team … CIF Division I finalist in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke … Led University to the CIF Southern Section Division I title as a junior … Garnered all-county recognition that same year … Member of the Aquazot Swim Club … Dean's List honoree … Named to 2013-14 NISCA All-American Interscholastic Swimming Team … USA Swimming Scholastic All-America.
Personal: Born Judson Cole Howard July 2, 1997 in Palm Springs, Calif. … Son of Lizzie and Rick Howard … Has one brother (Zach) and one sister (Sydney).
Howard Career Bests:
100 Breast: 53.58 ... 6th all-time at Duke
200 Breast: 1:56.88 ... 3rd all-time at Duke
100 IM: 51.57 ... 2nd all-time at Duke
200 IM: 1:46.88 ... 3rd all-time at Duke
400 IM: 3:55.21 ... 6th all-time at Duke
At the ACC Championships:
2016: 10th, 200 Breast ... 1:57.17
12th, 100 Breast ... 54.19
2017: 12th, 100 Breast ... 53.62
12th, 200 Breast ... 1:57.05