Men, Women Finish Eighth at PL Championships

Artistic photo of AU's swimming equipment

ANNAPOLIS, Md.Fiona Caulfield finished fourth in women's 3-meter diving and Alex Feys placed fifth in the women's 200 butterfly as American University earned spots in final events on Saturday as the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships finished at Navy.

The Eagles finished eighth in both the women's and men's team standings over the four-day competition.

Caulfield qualified eighth in morning prelims, but improved by 29 points for the evening final to place fourth at 258.30. Freshman teammate Anna Derrow was eighth in the final after qualifying with a 242.50 mark.

Feys, an Eagle freshman, moved up one spot from her qualifying position, finishing fifth in the championship final in 2:02.80, the best mark by an Eagle this season. Her time is second all-time at AU, behind only the 1993 mark of 2:01.93 by Gabriella Csepe.

In the same event, Tori Haviland went 2:03.85 to finish 11th overall, moving from sixth to fourth on AU's all-time top-16 list.

The host Midshipmen comfortably won both team titles.

NOTES

* Ellen Johnson went 2:06.12 in the women's 200 backstroke in the morning session, with her two-second season-best moving her into 11th on AU's all-time top-16. Serra Aydan also had a season-best at 2:08.68.

* Senior Shannon Exley had her best 100 freestyle of the year, going 52.53. Feys moved into 16th at AU with a season-best 53.38 clocking, while Rebecca Kaliff and Ally Bachart also having their best 100 free swims of the season.

* Despite not making the Saturday evening session, Natalie Hamlet and Lauren Anderson had strong times in the women's 200 fly qualifying. Hamlet cut three seconds off her previous season-best and moved into 13th all-time, while Anderson's 2:09.73 improved her mark that was already 16th.

* Sam Fromkin (1:54.71) and Giancarlo Payamps (1:56.55) had their best marks of the season in qualifying for the men's 200 back.

* Scott Callander went 1:50.74 in the prelims of the men's 200 butterfly and finished 13th in Saturday's evening session. Liam Riebling went 1:53.11 in the 200 fly prelims, taking his season-best mark in that event from 13th to ninth all-time.

* AU went 3:30.35 in the women's 400 freestyle relay, with Exley, Alex Brosvik, Haviland and Ryan Jolley finishing seventh and coming within a half-second of the school record.

* Callander's opening leg of 47.08 in the men's 400 free relay helped the Eagles to a time of 3:11.44.

* Freshman Ellie Kight cut 11 seconds off her previous best in the 1,650 free, with her mark of 17:28.58 earning 16th in the meet and eighth on AU's all-time list.

* Garrett Sooter had a season-best mark of 16:45.18 in the men's mile.