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Swimming & Diving: Titans Remain Unbeaten; Baurle Sets Pool Record

Saturday, November 17, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming and diving teams remained undefeated after nonconference dual meet wins against visiting Wooster on Saturday. The Titan men won 169-117 and the Titan women won 168-129.

Freshman Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA) highlighted the day as he set a pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.42. The previous record was held by Kenko Nagai from Bethany in 2001 (58.65).

Westminster's dual meet records are now 4-0 for both men and women, while Wooster's are both 2-3.

The Titans won 20 of 32 events (10 women, 10 men) not including two events in which Westminster posted faster times with exhibition swimmers than Wooster's first-place finishers.

In addition to his pool-record performance in the 100 breaststroke, Baurle won the 200 yard breaststroke (2:10.35) and was part of the 400 yard medley relay team that won with a time of 3:33.57. Sophomores Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) and senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) completed the foursome.

Pletz also won the 200 yard freestyle (1:49.87) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:58.30). Nedley earned first in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:00.73 and in the 100 yard butterfly at 53.50.  Brooks won the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 50.23.  Sophomore Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) placed first in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:30.05 and sophomore Jimmy Debone (Greensburg, PA / Hempfield) finished first in the 500 yard freestyle at 5:07.94.

Freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA) led the women with three individual wins and was part of a winning relay team. Reott won the 100 yard backstroke at 1:01.91, the 200 yard backstroke at 2:13.18, and in the 200 yard IM at 2:16.15.  Reott was also part of the 400 yard medley relay team that finished first with a time of 4:11.90. Completing the quartet were freshman Sara Peace (Darlington, PA) and juniors Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) and Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs).

Peace won the 200 yard breaststroke at 2:34.75. Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) touched first in the 1,650 yard freestyle (18:27.36) and in the 500 yard freestyle (5:25.71). Rounding out the first-place swimming finishes for the women was the 200 yard freestyle relay team that clocked in at 1:43.28. Sophomore Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), Whisel, freshman Shelby Stock (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), and Wyland completed the relay team.

Freshman Ericka Culp (Avonmore, PA) swept the diving events winning the 1 meter (205.25) and 3 meter (189.25).

Westminster will next compete at the Wooster Invitational, a three-day invitational, starting November 29.

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