By: Ryan Shepard, CAS/BA ‘18
WASHINGTON - The American University Swimming & Diving teams celebrated senior night as a crowd of supporters, friends, fellow students and dedicated professors looked on. On Friday night, Kyra Manson and Liam Reibling won two individual events as they led the Eagles to impressive showings against both the Howard Bison and Manhattan Jaspers. Notable performances included Natalie Hamlet finishing first in the 1,000 freestyle and Alex Brosvik winning the 100 freestyle.
Among the many ready to dive in at Reeves Aquatic Center were a group of special professors invited by members of the American University Swimming & Diving teams. In partnership with AU Athletics, the Student Athlete Support Program (SASP) was happy to renew last year’s VIP (Very Important Professor) program that honors outstanding educators on campus.
Attending his first swimming and diving meet, William Farmer came out on Friday to cheer on his student, Abby Longstaff.
“As a graduate TA I didn't think I would be qualified, but I feel honored to be nominated. All I have wanted to do with teaching is make an impact on people's lives, and this nomination shows I have done so to at least one student.”
In addition to cheering on his student, Farmer was able to attend his very first swimming and diving meet.
“I have never been to a swim meet before. It was fun being right next to the action, hearing and feeling the splashes of the swimmers! Go Eagles!”
Alongside Professor Farmer, members of the Swimming and Diving team highlighted the outstanding work of Professors Cynthia Bair Van Dam, Keith Darden, Monika Konaklieva and Mysara Abu-Hashem. Professor Konaklieva was also in attendance as pictured.
SASP will continue to sponsor VIP games throughout the year.