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Westminster Swimming and Diving Wins in Season Finale

Saturday, February 4, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept the University of Mount Union on Saturday. The women won 145-117, while the men won 142-116. The Titans won 18 of 28 events (10 for the women and eight for the men).

The Westminster men improved to 7-4 overall and the Mount Union men go to 5-6. The Westminster women moved to 7-5 and the Mount Union women fell to 8-3 overall.

Sophomore Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) was the only Titan to score three wins on the day as she was able to touch first in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:17.17, the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.38, and in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:15.47.

Scoring multiple wins for the women were senior Caitlin Lehberger (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) in the 100 (1:06.68) and 200 (2:25.88) yard breaststroke and sophomore Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) in the 100 (1:03.02) and 200 (2:15.58) yard backstroke.

Senior Mike Barringer (Boardman, OH / Boardman) in the 100 (49.06) and 200 (1:47.64) yard freestyle and junior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) in the 100 (52.72) and 200 (2:00.81) yard butterfly earned multiple wins for the men.

Other Titans winning individual events for the women were senior Sierra Beecher (Newville, PA / Big Spring) in the 200 yard freestyle (1:58.81) and freshman Veronica Corcoran (Dubois, PA / DuBois) in the 500 yard freestyle (5:29.49).

Winning for the men were freshman Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) in the 100 yard backstroke (55.15), junior Justin Gracey (Dayton, OH / Northmont) in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:23.34) and senior Kris Brooks (Cuyahoga Falls, OH / Cuyahoga Falls) in the 500 yard freestyle (5:08.39).

In relays for the women, the team of Erdley, Lehberger, Beecher, and freshman Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) won the 400 yard freestyle with a time of 4:06.09.

For the men in the relays, the team of senior Mark Brooks (Youngstown, OH / Boardman), junior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley), Nedley, and Kris Brooks won the 400 yard medley relay with a time of 3:40.03. 

The Titans will conclude their season at the PAC Championships in the Grove City College Natatorium. The championships begin Wednesday, February 15th and conclude Saturday, February 18th.

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.