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Lehberger Sets Three Pool Records; Titans Drop to Grove City

Thursday, February 2, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week senior Caitlin Lehberger (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) set three pool records tonight during the Titans' last regular season home meet versus Grove City.

Overall, the Wolverines had the edge over the Titans as the men won 178-115 and the women won 159-128.

The Westminster men dropped to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the PAC and the Grove City men goes to 6-5 and 3-0 in the league. The Westminster women moved to 6-5 and 3-2 in the PAC and the Grove City women improved to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

Lehberger set pool records with a first place finish in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke with times of 1:05.70 and 2:21.75, respectively. Her 100 yard time broke Courtney Herdt's (2011) time of 1:05.99. Lehberger's 200 yard time also broke Herdt's time of 2:24.65 set a year ago, while setting a NCAA provisional mark. In the 200 yard IM, Lehberger touched first at 2:08.80, breaking Kaitlyn Orsein's (2005, W&J) time of 2:08.98. Lehberger's time was just .13 seconds off a provisional mark.

Junior Abby Gardner (Medina, OH / Medina) led on the diving boards with a first place finish in the 3-meter competition with 174.40 points. Rounding out the first-place finishers for the women was the 400 yard freestyle relay team consisting of freshmen Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) and Shelby Stock (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), sophomore Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) and freshman Veronica Corcoran (Scottdale, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic), who clocked in at 3:51.24.

On the men's side, the 200 yard medley relay team, consisting of freshman Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township), junior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley), and seniors Mike Barringer (Boardman, OH / Boardman), and Mark Brooks (Youngstown, OH / Boardman), clocked in at 1:37.62 which is 1.3 seconds off the pool record.

Brooks also earned first in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke with times of 54.72 and 2:01.76, respectively.

Westminster heads to Mount Union on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., followed by a week of preparation for the PAC Championships held on Wednesday (Feb. 15-18) hosted by Grove City.

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.

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