Saturday, February 15, 2014
GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving team finished second at the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship. The four-day Championship was hosted at Grove City.
Titan head coach Rob Klamut earned the PAC Men's Coach of the Year award, his 10th of his career. Klamut also won the Invitational Women's Coach of the Year honor. Titan junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) earned the Invitational and conference's Most Valuable Performer awards.
The Titan men finished with 718 points, while the Titan women finished with 794. The Wolverines won the championship for both teams.
On Saturday, Westminster set four NCAA provisional marks.
Brooks led the men's team with a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA provisional and a pool- and school-record time of 1:49.72. Westminster freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) followed in second-place with an NCAA provisional time of 1:53.10. Titan sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) clocked in with an NCAA provisional time of 2:04.11 as he touched first in the 200 breaststroke.
Westminster senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) led the women's team as she placed second in the 200 butterfly with an NCAA provisional time of 2:07.55.
Titan junior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) was crowned the champion in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:43.99, while classmate Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) added a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (47.46). The quartet of sophomore Max Hague (Canton, OH / Glenoak), Brooks, and the Pletz brothers won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:07.54.
Freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) and senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) earned second place for Westminster. Tillie touched second in the 1,650 freestyle (17:56.78) and Erdley placed second in the 200 backstroke (2:07.01). Senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs) and freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional) placed third in their respective events. Whisel placed third in the 100 freestyle (53.73), while Tower touched third in the 200 breaststroke (2:28.29). Also earning third-place for the Titan women was the 400 freestyle relay team, consisting of Whisel, Tillie, junior Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), and sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), who clocked in at 3:40.49.
Westminster will next compete at the Kenyon Invitational next Saturday at 1:30 pm.
***Updated on Feb. 16 at 12:05 a.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.