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High Fives: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Thursday, February 6, 2014

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - Junior Steven Brooks (Men's Swimming & Diving) helped guide the Titans to a pair of dual-meet victories last week. In the Titans' 156-141 PAC victory against Grove City on Jan. 30, he tied the pool record while provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 100 back (51.28) and teamed up with junior Jake Pletz and sophomores Matthew Baurle and Max Hague to win the 200 medley relay in a pool-record time of 1:35.92. Brooks also won the 50 free (21.88) and was part of the winning 400 free relay (3:15.30) for the Titans. In Westminster's 167.5-130.5 win at Mount Union on Feb. 1, Brooks claimed the 50 free (21.74), the 200 back (1:56.35) and was a part of the winning 400 medley relay (3:36.40).

#2- Sophomore All-American Marissa Kalsey (Women's Track & Field) placed second out of 26 competitors with a mark of 4.00 meters at the Midwest SPIRE Institute, breaking her own school record of 3.95 meters that she set at last year's Indoor Nationals. Her new mark is eighth-best on the all-time Division III performers list. Kalsey, who was also selected by the USTFCCCA on the Division III Women's Track and Field National Athlete-of-the-Week Honorable Mention list, stands first in the nation.

#3- Senior Courtney Zitt (Women's Basketball) led the Titan women with 35 points, 15 rebounds and three assists last week. Her 21 points and 10 rebounds in a conference upset over Saint Vincent were game-highs, including a game-high 11-for-17 from the free-throw line.  The game was Zitt's second double-double of the season.

#4-Sophomore Kelsey Reott (Women's Swimming & Diving) took home four first-place victories with her on Saturday, as the Titan women beat Mount Union 166-128.  Reott swam for three individual wins and was also part of a winning relay team. Reott won the 200 freestyle (2:01.62), the 200 IM (2:17.48), and the 200 backstroke (2:13.36). Reott also teamed up with three Titans for a first-place time of 4:10.26 in the 400 medley relay.

#5- Sophomore Mark Zalakar (Men's Swimming & Diving) swept the diving events on Saturday at Mount Union.  Zalakar won the 1-meter (148.15) and the 3-meter (184.65) in a Titan victory.

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