WASHINGTON —Keira Carlstrom D'Amato, Samia Akbar, and Frederik Hviid took their rightful place in the Stafford H. "Pop" Cassell Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday night at the School of International Service on the campus of American University.
AU President Dr. Neil Kerwin and Board of Trustees Chairman Jack Cassell, the son of "Pop" Cassell, were part of the ceremony.
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).
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.
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.