Eagles Post Top Times Against Loyola (Md.), George Washington & Catholic

Eagles Post Top Times Against Loyola (Md.), George Washington & Catholic

WASHINGTON – The American University swimming & diving teams were in action this weekend in a quad meet against Patriot League foe Loyola (Md.), George Washington and Catholic. The two-day meet started in Baltimore on Friday and finished at the Reeves Aquatic Center on Saturday.

Junior Paris Wood had an impressive day for the Eagles, racking up several top-three finishes.

Wood won the 100 backstroke as one of only two swimmers to post sub-one minute times at 59.65. Wood also stop atop the field in the 200 back, hitting the wall in 2:07.32. Wood set a meet record with her time in the 200.

She also finished third overall in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 25.19. Wood also added a third-place finish in the 100 free at 54.64 to lead a trio of AU swimmers.

Rookie Shannon Exely and sophomore Julianna Cavano immediately followed Wood in the 100 free with times of 54.67 and 55.06, respectively.

The Eagles also earned top finishes on the boards as senior Melissa Parker won both events at one and three meters, posting scores of 235.80 and 252.60, respectively. Both of Parker's marks set new meet records.

One of American's best finishes of the quad meet came from sophomore distance swimmer Shannon Scovel. In the 1650 free, Scovel dominated the field, winning by 10 seconds with a time of 17:56.82.

Sophomore Caylee Watson, the team's MVP last season, finished third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.49.

Classmate Kaitie Kudlac showed her versatility in strokes with a silver in the 400 individual medley, finishing in 4:45.51.

For the men, sophomore Kilian Korth led the way with a victory in the 200 free at 1:44.90. Korth also added a second-place performance in the 200 back at 1:56.94.

Rookie Tomas Kloosterman followed his lead and showed well in the 500 free with a time of 4:49.34, good for second overall.

From first-year to fourth year, senior Charlie Taffet added two second-place finishes in both breaststroke events. He posted times of 1:00.86 and 2:13.23 in the 100 and 200, respectively.