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Swimming & Diving: Titans Compete at CMU; Culp Breaks Diving Record

Saturday, January 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. The Titan men lost to SUNY Geneseo, 165-123, and to Carnegie Mellon, 197-90. The Titan women lost to SUNY Geneseo, 197-100, and to Carnegie Mellon, 206-93. The Titan men fell to 7-2 overall, while the women dropped to 7-3.

Freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) led the women's team with three top-3 finishes. Reott placed first in the 200 yard backstroke (2:11.78), second in the 500 yard freestyle (5:17.57), and third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.67). Also earning third-place finishes were sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) in the 1,650 freestyle (18:38.59) and the 400m freestyle relay team (3:53.04) that consisted of Reott, sophomore Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), junior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs), and Wyland.  

Freshman Ericka Culp (Avonmore, PA / PA Cyber School) placed second in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive. Culp scored a career-high 217.40 in the 3-meter and a school-record mark of 238.0 in the 1-meter.

Freshman Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) led the men's team with two first-place finishes. Baurle won the 100 yard breaststroke (58.76) and the 200 yard breaststroke (2:11.32). Baurle was also part of the 200 yard medley relay team that placed second with a time of 1:37.63. Completing the quartet were freshman Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle), senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville), and senior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley). Sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) touched second in the 200 yard freestyle at 1:44.86. The 400m freestyle relay team also earned second place with a time of 3:20.60. The foursome included sophomore David Starr (Pittsburgh, PA / Plum), freshman Max Hague (Canton, OH / Glenoak), Gutmann, and Pletz.

Rounding out the top-3 finishers for the men were Karper (100 yard backstroke/53.74) and Nedley (200 yard butterfly/1:58.54 and 100 yard butterfly/52.03) who finished in third-place.

Westminster is back in the pool when they host St. Vincent next Saturday 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 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 377 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.