Sunday, January 29, 2012
LATROBE, Pa. - Seven pool records paced the Westminster College men's and women's swimming teams on Saturday as they defeated Saint Vincent 157-103 and 154-108, respectively, in Presidents' Athletic Conference action.
The Westminster men improved to 6-3 and 3-0 in the PAC on the season and the Saint Vincent men fell to 2-6 and 1-3. The Westminster women improved to 6-4 and 3-1 and the Saint Vincent women dropped to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
The Titans garnered 19 first-place finishes (8 for the men and 11 for women, including two exhibition wins).
Setting pool records for Westminster were the 200 yard medley relay team (1:37.64) (consisting of freshman Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township), junior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley), senior Mike Barringer (Boardman, OH / Boardman), and senior Mark Brooks (Youngstown, OH / Boardman)), Pletz in the 100 yard backstroke (54.73), senior Caitlin Lehberger (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) in the 100 (1:06.32) and 200 (2:25.19) yard breaststroke and in the first leg of the 400 yard freestyle relay (100 yard freestyle/54.77), senior Sierra Beecher (Newville, PA / Big Spring) in the 200 yard backstroke (2:15.51), and Barringer in the 100 yard butterfly (52.11).
For the women, Beecher also earned first in the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 11:26.66 and in the 400 yard IM (4:53.20). Freshman Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) placed first in the 100 yard backstroke (1:02.97). Sophomore Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) took first in the 100 (1:00.46) and 200 (2:14.52) yard butterfly. Rounding out the first-place finishers for the women was freshman Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) who clocked in at 5:25.62 in the 500 yard freestyle.
On the men's side, junior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) touched first in the 1,000 yard freestyle (10:32.57). Also earning first was Marks (200 yard freestyle/1:49.38) and Gutmann (50 yard freestyle /22.35). Senior Kris Brooks (Cuyahoga Falls, OH / Cuyahoga Falls) touched first in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.16. Freshman Jimmy DeBone (Greensburg, PA / Hempfield) took first in the 400 yard IM (4:37.27).
Earning first place in exhibitions was freshman Christiana Crace (Scottdale, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) (mixed 200 yard freestyle (2:15.20) and classmate Sarah Waszyn (North Huntingdon, PA / Norwin) (mixed 100 yard freestyle (1:15.55).
Westminster is back in the pool Thursday (Feb.2) as both teams host Grove City at 6 p.m.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.