December 23, 2010

Swimming and Diving’s (Crowe) West and Women’s Soccer’s Pike Named to 42nd Hall of Fame Class

The American University Department of Athletics and Recreation will honor the athletic achievements of two alumni student-athletes -- swimming and diving’s Ray (Crowe) West, ‘66, and women soccer’s Liz Pike, ‘94 -- with induction into the Stafford H. "Pop" Cassell Hall of Fame. The 42nd Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m.

(Crowe) West was a standout diver at American, where he captured 1966 1-meter diving NCAA college division national championship, marking AU’s first ever national champion. He led the Eagles to a seventh-place finish as a team at that year’s college division national championship meet. In addition to being crowned a national champion, Crowe (West) was also named an all-american in 1965.

Pike, a women’s soccer star, set numerous scoring records during her four-year career at American from 1990-93, many of which still stand today. She has the most career goals in program history with 66 and is also first in career points with 149. Her 21 scores in 1990 still stands as a single-season program record, as does her 49 points in that campaign. Pike scored a program-record four goals in three different games, and was honored as an All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team pick in 1993.

This year’s induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m. in the School of International Service building. Following the induction brunch, the annual auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the mezzanine of Bender Arena. These festivities will precede the men’s basketball game against Colgate at 3 p.m. in Bender Arena.

The Stafford H. "Pop" Cassell Hall of Fame was created in 1969. Sponsored by the Cassell Family, the Hall of Fame was established to recognize the achievements and contributions of individuals associated with American University Athletics and Recreation. The Hall of Fame's first induction class included basketball and football standout W. James Birthright and Bruce R Kessler, football, track and boxing star Joseph P. Carlo, and former Athletics Director, head coach, and three-sport athlete Hugo "Dutch" Schulze.

If you would like to attend the Hall of Fame Luncheon and Induction Ceremony, contact the Eagles Club at 202-885-3104 or brianb@american.edu.