Fairfax, Va. – The American University swimming & diving teams were in action for three consecutive days at George Mason's Patriot Invitational this weekend. The Eagles showed good speed at the pool just over the bridge from Washington, D.C., competing against eight different universities. Both the AU men and women finished sixth overall.
Senior diver Melissa Parker placed fourth on the three-meter board with impressive score of 243.10, over 22 points higher than her preliminary mark.
AU's 400 medley relay team of Paris Wood, Ali Follman, Caylee Watson and Shannon Exley finished sixth, hitting the wall at 3:53.30. That time was a fantastic 22 seconds faster than there prelim time.
Watson was AU's top performer at the meet, registering the Eagles' top finish with a bronze medal in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.77, which was over a second faster than her prelim time. She also added an impressive time to her strong weekend, placing sixth in the championship final of the 100 butterfly at 56.83.
Exley, who is in her first year at AU also advanced to a championship final, competing in the 200 free. She finished fourth overall with a time of 1:53.79. Exley also added a sixth place finish in the 100 free at 52.82.
Rookie Owen Dougherty made it to the championship final of the 200-yard individual medley, placing fourth overall with a time of 155.08, holding off the fifth-place finishers by seventh 100ths of a second.
Sophomore Kilian Korth equaled Dougherty performance for the men, placing fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.29. Korth was AU's man of the meet, finishing second overall in the 100 back with a time of 51.03 in the championship final.
Korth was just ahead of senior Harrison Volaski in the event, who placed third overall at 51.13. Korth and Volaski also advanced to the 200 back, placing fifth and seventh, respectively.
Fellow senior Charlie Taffet finished seventh overall in the 100 breaststroke, registering a time of 58.58 in the championship final. Taffet was also seventh in the 200 breast at 2:09.05.
1 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY - 811
2 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON - 733
3 GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY - 484
4 UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND - 483
5 SETON HALL UNIVERSITY - 467
6 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY - 334
7 UMBC SWIMMING & DIVING - 328
8 SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY - 228
9 HOWARD UNIVERSITY - 6
1 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY - 1065
2 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON - 811.5
3 UMBC SWIMMING & DIVING - 646
4 SETON HALL UNIVERSITY - 448
5 GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY - 390
6 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY - 305.5
7 SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY - 142
8 HOWARD UNIVERSITY - 36