Callander Leads @AU_SwimDive Efforts at PL Meet

Scott Callander swims the butterfly.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Junior Scott Callander posted a career-best time in the men's 50-yard freestyle, while senior Fiona Caulfield earned a ninth-place finish in the women's 1-meter diving competition to highlight American University efforts Thursday on the second day of the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Navy.

Callander's morning swim of 20.67 eclipsed his previous career-best of 20.85, set in December at the U.S. Swimming Winter Nationals. It moved him from fifth to third all-time and was the best 50 free at AU since 2008 (Chris Leggett, 20.80).

He went 20.73 in the evening final, finishing fourth in the consolation final and 12th overall.

Caulfield scored 240.40 to win the consolation final after placing 11th in the preliminary round. Freshman teammate Anna Derrow was 13th in prelims with a score of 214.65 and finished 15th overall.

Senior sprinter Shannon Exley was 19th in the women's 50-yard prelims, posting her career-best mark in her final PL Championship meet. Her time of 24.01 cut a half-second off her season best and moved her from 10th to fourth on AU's all-time top-16 in that event.

The Eagles were in eighth place in the women's team standings with 85 points, while the men were also eighth with 66 points. The host Midshipmen led both standings by 100 points, with the women at 338.5 and the men at 371.5.

Friday's preliminary rounds begin at 10 a.m., with the final session starting at 6 p.m. The four-day event wraps up on Saturday.


* Natalie Hamlet went 2:08.11 in the women's 200 individual medley, the best mark by an Eagle this season. She cut almost two seconds off her season-best. Lily Koenig (2:12.91) and Lauren Anderson (2:15.39) also had season-bests.

* Serra Aydan cut 10 seconds off her season-best in the women's 500 free in the morning, swimming 5:11.69.

* In addition to Exley's strong time in the women's 50 free, Ellen Johnson's season-best swim of 24.26 ranked 10th all-time at AU. Emily Gill (24.72), Ally Bachart (26.06), Rebecca Kaliff (26.06) and Maddie Fazen (27.85) also had season-bests.

* Liam Riebling had the Eagles' best mark of the season with a 4:42.65 in the men's 500 free qualifying in the morning. Garrett Sooter also had a season-best at 4:48.79.

* Senior Liam Bond went 2:02.31 in the men's 200 IM prelims, posting a season-best.

* In addition to Callander's mark in the men's 50 free prelims, Giancarlo Payamps (22.13), Matt Bean (22.75) and Blaine Johnson (23.31) had season-bests.

* AU went 3:54.09 to place ninth in the 400 medley relay, posting a season-best. Koenig, Alex Brosvik, Alex Feys and Exley swam for the Eagles.

* Bean, Sooter, Callander and Riebling went a season-best 3:28.52 in the men's 400 medley relay, finishing eighth.