@AU_SwimDive Men 7th, Women 9th at PL Championships

Lily Koenig swims the backstroke.

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Liam Riebling finished ninth in the men's 200-yard butterfly, Lily Koenig was 12th in the women's 200 backstroke and Anna Derrow placed ninth in the women's 3-meter diving event to lead American University finishes Saturday in the final day of the 2019 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Bucknell.

The American men scored 154 points to finish seventh in the team standings, ahead of Lafayette with 126. AU's women placed ninth on the women's side with 142 points, only 11 points behind Holy Cross.

MEET NOTES

• Koenig qualified in 11th position for Saturday's consolation final in the women's 200 back and placed 12th in the evening session. She went 2:02.75 in the morning to post AU's best mark of the season. Ellen Johnson had a career-best 2:05.29 in the prelims, improving her time that was already 11th on AU's top-16. Like Johnson, Ryan Jolley also improved her season-best by five seconds.

Ellie Kight went 52.50 in the 100 free, one of a number of season-bests in that event. Abby Longstaff moved into 14th with a season-best 52.90, while Hannah Andress and Ally Bachart also had season-bests.

Melissa Burnham posted 18:10.95 in the 1,650 free, comfortably a season-best.

• Kight's leadoff leg in the 400 free relay was 52.12, which puts her in seventh in that event at AU after cutting a full second off her previous 100 free mark. She joined Ryan Jolley, Longstaff and Jolley in a fifth-place finish at 3:30.07, moving that quartet into sixth all-time at AU.

 

Sam Fromkin went 1:54.60 for AU's best mark of the season in the men's 200 backstroke, while Matt Bean also had a season-best.

• All four Eagles who swam in the 100 freestyle prelims – Yannick Bohbot-Dridi, Langston Carter, Dillane Wehbe and Blaine Johnson – had season-bests, with Bohbot-Dridi going 47.14 for the Eagles' best mark of the year.

Garrett Sooter posted 2:11.63 in the 200 breaststroke, cutting eight seconds off his season-best to post AU's best mark.

• Riebling had a career-best 1:51.69 in qualifying for the 200 butterfly, with his mark moving him from ninth to eighth on AU's list. Adam Kawut cut eight seconds off his previous season-best.

Luke Bennett cut 19 seconds off his season-best in the men's 1,650 free, coming within a half-second off a spot in AU's top-16.

Yannick Bohbot-Dridi, Liam Riebling, Sam Fromkin and Scott Callander placed seventh in the men's 400 free relay. Their time of 3:07.45 was a season-best by three seconds and was 15th all-time at AU. It was the first time added to the all-time top-16 since 2013. Bohbot-Dridi's lead time of 46.77 is 14th all-time at AU, only the second addition to the list in the 100 free since 2013.

 

• Navy won both team championships, out-distancing Army West Point on the women's side by 345 points and scoring a 256-point win over the Black Knights for the men's title.

NEXT UP

American will compete on Wednesday in the annual Eagle Invitational, beginning at 3:15 p.m. at the Frailey Pool.