Sunday, January 22, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming and diving teams hosted a double dual meet on Saturday against Carnegie Mellon University and SUNY Geneseo. The women lost to Carnegie Mellon 124-163 and to SUNY 132-158. The men fell to Carnegie Mellon 95-198 and 122-165 to SUNY.
Senior Caitlin Lehberger (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) was a part of the women's four first-place finishes (one relay and three individual), while senior Mike Barringer (Boardman, OH / Boardman) led the men with a first-place individual score and as a member of a first-place relay team.
The women's 200 yard medley relay team, consisting of freshman Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), Lehberger, senior Sierra Beecher (Newville, PA / Big Spring), and sophomore Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs), placed first with a time of 1:52.14. Lehberger also took first in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:24.75), the 200 yard IM 2:10.97), and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:06.92).
Rozick earned third in the 100 yard backstroke (1:04.07) and third in the 100 yard freestyle (57.11). Beecher was third in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:16.54. Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), Rozick, sophomore Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton), and Whisel of the 400 yard freestyle relay team took second at 3:52.34. Wyland touched third in the 1650 yard freestyle at 18:29.82 and Beecher earned third in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:00.63.
A second Westminster women's 400 yard freestyle relay team, consisting of freshman Veronica Corcoran (Dubois, PA / DuBois), senior Katie Slavinski (Bradford, PA / Bradford), sophomore Laura Nice (Cuyahoga Falls, OH / Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), and freshman Shelby Stock (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), took third at 3:56.84.
Off the diving board, junior Abby Gardner (Medina, OH / Medina) took third in the 1 meter diving with 187.30 points.
The men's 200 yard medley relay team included freshman Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township), junior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley), junior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville), and senior Mike Barringer (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and earned first place with a time of 1:38.63.
Individually, Barringer placed first in the 100 yard butterfly at 52.36 and Nedley took second at 53.07. Nedley also earned third-place in the 200 yard butterfly at 2:00.36. Barringer took third in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 22.30. Pletz placed second in the 200 yard backstroke at 1:58.80.
Senior Kris Brooks (Cuyahoga Falls, OH / Cuyahoga Falls) clocked in at 1:48.79 for a third-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle and took third in the 100 yard freestyle at 49.46. Classmate Mark Brooks (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) placed third in the 100 yard backstroke (55.11). Dan Gutmann finished third in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.55.
The Titans are back in the pool as they travel to St. Vincent next Saturday (Jan. 28) at 1 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.