All-America Trio Highlights Cassell Hall of Fame Class

All-America Trio Highlights Cassell Hall of Fame Class

WASHINGTON – American University will honor three highly accomplished alumni as the newest induction class of the Stafford H. "Pop" Cassell Athletics Hall of Fame this coming February. Four-time cross country & track All-American Keira Carlstrom D'Amato, All-America cross country & track star Samia Akbar and two-time All-America swimming standout Frederik Hviid.

"Always a highlight of our year, the Cassell Hall of Fame inductions will be honoring another distinguished group of alumni whose contributions to our rich history will be deservedly celebrated," said AU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Billy Walker.
"This year's inductees stand as examples for our current student-athletes, and it is only appropriate that we honor them in this way as eternal testament to their work ethic and success."
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the School of International Service on campus. It will follow AU's men's basketball game against Lehigh that day.
Tickets for the event will be $85 and can be reserved by calling The Eagles Club development office at 202-885-3104 or via email at
Thumbnails of the Cassell Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 follow:


KEIRA CARLSTROM D'AMATO, Cross Country & Track (2002-2006)

The most decorated runner in American University history, Carlstrom D'Amato is a four-time All-American and 11-time Patriot League individual champion. A member of the Patriot League 25th Anniversary Team, her NCAA All-America distinctions included cross country (2003, 2004, 2005) and outdoor track (2006). She was as accomplished in the classroom, being honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2005 and earned six Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards (Cross Country - 2003, 2004, 2005; Indoor Track – 2004; Outdoor Track 2004, 2005).

SAMIA AKBAR, Cross Country & Track (2000-2004)

American University's first female track All-American in 2003, Akbar set five indoor and three outdoor individual school records and was part of two indoor and two outdoor school-record relays.  She won four Patriot League indoor track titles, two Patriot League outdoor championships and was the league's Outstanding Runner of the meet at the 2002 PL Cross Country Championships. She is credited by many of her teammates as having set the tone for the success to follow in the cross country and track programs.

FREDERIK HVIID, Men's Swimming (1990-1994)

A two-time All-American in the 400-yard individual medley and the 1,650 freestyle in 1994, Hviid finished his career at AU with six Reeves Center Pool records and remains the current record-holder in 1,000 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle and 400 IM.  Named the Colonial Athletic Association Swimmer of the Year in 1993 and 1994, Hviid went on to have an incredible international career, setting eight national titles, swimming in two Olympics and winning a Bronze Medal in the 1999 World Championships for his native Spain.

Alumni and fans planning to attend Cassell Hall of Fame weekend are invited to utilize a special $89-119 /night rate from our corporate partner, the DoubleTree Bethesda.  Please mention AU Athletics' Corporate Account #2849915 when booking. A portion of each night's room stay booked with this code will go to support AU student-athletes and the Eagles Club.  Based on availability.