Honors: CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2017, 2018, 2019) ... All-ACC Academic (2016, 2018, 2019) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19)
2018-19: Raced to a career-best finish in fifth in the 100 breaststroke at the ACC Championships ... Added a second top-five finish in the 200 breaststroke championship final ... Qualified for the 200 individual medley final for the second straight season, finishing 13th after taking down the school record in preliminaries (1:44.67) ... Member of Duke's 400 medley relay that tied for sixth (3:08.93) ... Claimed the 200 breaststroke on his Senior Day against Queens University of Charlotte and William & Mary (1/12) ... Reached the championship final in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley at the Tennessee Invitational … Selected to represent the ACC at the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge, where he finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke … Won the same event against fourth-ranked NC State (10/20).
2017-18: Earned spots in the 100 and 200 breaststroke championship finals at ACCs, finishing sixth at the 100-yard distance and eighth in the 200-yard race ... Moved into the top three on Duke’s all-time performance list in both events ... Also scored for the Blue Devils with a 13th-place showing in the 200 individual medley with a 1:45.37 mark that ranked second on the all-time top 10 ... Eighth-place finish as a member of Duke’s 400 medley relay ranked the group third all-time in program history ... Notched the second-fastest 100 individual medley mark in program history at No. 25 Virginia (11/3) ... Swam on winning 400 medley relay in the season opener against No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 20 Florida State (10/13) ... At the program’s end-of-year awards banquet, received a Most Outstanding Performance award for his showing at the ACC Championships … Over the summer, qualified to compete in four events at the Phillips 66 National Championships in his hometown of Irvine, Calif. ... Earned a pair of top-35 finishes in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries.
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 … Also over the summer, participated in the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program, a collaborative service initiative between Duke and Stanford ... As a member of ACE, traveled to India to teach and coach children and youth, with a focus on educational and leadership development through sports and English lessons.
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: 52.70... 3rd all-time at Duke
200 Breast: 1:54.80 ... 2nd all-time at Duke
100 IM: 51.57 ... 2nd all-time at Duke
200 IM: 1:44.67 ... Duke record
400 IM: 3:55.21 ... 7th 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
2018: 6th, 100 Breast ... 53.18
8th, 200 Breast ... 1:55.19
8th, 400 Medley Relay ... 3:11.23
13th, 200 IM ... 1:45.37
2019: 5th, 100 Breast ... 52.79
5th, 200 Breast ... 1:54.80
t6th, 400 Medley Relay ... 3:08.93
13th, 200 IM ... 1:45.87