Friday, December 6, 2013
WOOSTER, Ohio - The Westminster College women's and men's swimming & diving teams competed in day two of the Wooster Invitational on Friday. The Titan women still stand third out of 10 schools with 773 points, while the men moved up one spot from day one and are now fourth out of nine schools with 632 points.
The 800 yard freestyle relay team finished the highest for the women as the quartet of freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston), junior Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton), and sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) placed third with a time of 7:59.12.
Westminster had three fourth-place finishes on the night. The 200 yard medley relay team, consisting of Reott, freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), junior Rebecca Mobley (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland), and senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs), placed fourth with a time of 1:49.71. Erdley (400 yard IM/4:42.34) and junior Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) (100 yard backstroke/58.96) also each picked up a fourth-place finish. Tower placed fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:08.12), while senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) touched sixth in the 100 yard butterfly (58.32).
Junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) led the men's team with a second-place finish in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 50.62. Sophomore Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) followed with a third-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke at 58.00.
Freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) (400 yard IM/4:13.93), junior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) (200 yard freestyle/1:42.96), and sophomore Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) (100 yard backstroke/52.73) touched fourth in their respective events.
The 200 yard medley relay team, including Karper, Baurle, junior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana), and Brooks, touched sixth with a time of 1:36.09.
Westminster starts the third and final day of the invitational tomorrow at 5 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 is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 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 41 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.