Lewisburg, Pa. – The American University swimming & diving teams completed four consecutive days of competition at the 2015 Patriot League Championships on Saturday night. The Eagles swam and dove hard as the women finished seventh overall with 165 team points, holding off Loyola by four, while the men finished in ninth with 88 points.
Junior Paris Wood and sophomore Caylee Watson were strong all meet long for AU, as they led the charge for several Eagles to set all-time top-10 records at American University while posting strong swims and dives in several events.
Wood had one of AU's best swims with an impressive showing in the 50 free, finishing with a time of 24.28 good for fifth-best in the AU record book.
Watson followed her lead, posting a time of 57.13 in the 100 butterfly. Though it was just off her previous PR, the mark would have been good for sixth in the American history books.
Wood and Watson also had two of AU's highest finishes at the meet. Wood advanced to the finals of the 100 backstroke and her time of 56.67 in the prelims marks as the second fastest time in school history.
Watson won the B-final with a time of 56.91 and now ranks third all-time at American in the event.
Sophomore Julianna Cavano was right behind Watson in the 100 back, finishing second at 56.79, setting the fourth-fastest time at AU.
Wood also went on to improve upon her own top-10 mark in the 200 back, finishing fourth in the B-final with a time of 2:02.72 and ranks fourth at American with that time.
Watson also swam the event and set the ninth fastest time with a mark of 2:05.59, besting her previous high-water mark.
Senior diver Melissa Parker placed fifth overall on the 3-meter board, posting a score of 237.45 to earn 14 team points for the Eagles.
The women's 200 medley relay team of Cavano, Ali Follman, Watson and Alyssa Colasurdo posted its fastest time of the season for AU, finishing seventh with a time of 1:45.96 – almost two seconds faster than its seeded time.
American also set a the all-time program record in the 400 free relay as rookie Shannon Exley, Watson, Wood and Cavano finished seventh overall with a time of 3:29.72.
Senior Harrison Volaski followed their lead on the men's side and took 10th in the men's 100 back, one of the highest finishes for the Eagles. Volaski also advanced to the B-final of the 200 back.
Rookie Patrick Dougherty set a top-10 time at AU in the 100 breast, placing 19th overall with a time of 57.83; now the 10th fastest time at the program.
Distance swimmer Shannol Scovel PR'd in the 1650 free, setting the seventh fastest time for AU, hitting the wall at 17:31.15, placing 14th overall. Scovel's first 1,000 also set the ninth fastest time in program history.
Senior Dylan Hall set a personal best in the 100 free for the Eagles, shaving half a second off his time at 47.92.
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1 Naval Academy - 798
2 Bucknell - 665
3 Boston University - 489
4 Lehigh - 481
5 Army - 416
6 Colgate - 284
7 American University -165
8 Loyola - 161
9 Lafayette - 118
10 Holy Cross - 74
1 Naval - 915
2 Army - 642
3 Boston University - 536
4 Bucknell - 522
5 Lehigh - 329
6 Loyola - 196
7 Lafayette - 169
8 Colgate - 147
9 American University - 88
10 Holy Cross - 78