@AU_SwimDive Posts Strong Placings at Navy Invitational

Artistic shot of AU's swim cap and goggles.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Scott Callander doubled in the butterfly events and Ellen Johnson won the 200-yard backstroke to lead American University performances Saturday at the Navy Invitational swimming and diving meet at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The meet was the Eagles' final tuneup for the Patriot League Championships, to be held in the same facility in mid-February. There were not team scores recorded in the event, which also drew teams from Bucknell, Georgetown, Lafayette and Shippensburg, in addition to the host Midshipmen.

Callander, an Eagle junior, went 50.39 in the 100 butterfly to win by a tenth over Navy's Vince Everman. He won the 200 fly in 1:52.36, beating Cole Cooper of Navy by two seconds.

Johnson won the 200 back in 2:11.42, earning the win over Carly Alvarado of Shippensburg by nearly a full second.

AU senior Tori Haviland had a number of strong swims on Saturday, earning a second in the 200 fly (2:07.42) and a pair of third-place finishes (58.66 in the 100 fly and 1:56.95 in the 200 free).

Shannon Exley also finished third in the 100 free, swimming 54.06, with Johnson in fifth (54.58).

Sophomore Giancarlo Payamps went 2:00.71 to place second in the 200 backstroke for AU, while Garrett Sooter had a pair of top-10 finishes in the 100 breaststroke (6th, 1:01.96) and the 400 individual medley (8th, 4:21.84).

American is off until returning to Navy for the PL Championships on Feb. 14 through 17.