Swimming & Diving: Titans Sweep PAC Foe Saint Vincent

Saturday, January 26, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Saint Vincent on Saturday. The Titan women won, 150-107, while the Titan men won 131-96.

The Titan men improved to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the PAC, while the women improved to 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the PAC. The Bearcat men dropped to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the women fell to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the PAC.

Westminster won 18 events (10 women, 8 men), not including two events where exhibition swimmers competed.

The men's 200 yard medley relay team broke the pool-record with a time of 1:36.00 as they touched first. The previous record was 1:36.32 set in 2000. The foursome included sophomore Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman), freshman Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford), senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville), and sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township). All four swimmers also picked up an individual win. Pletz, finished first in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 55.14, Baurle won the 200 yard breaststroke (2:13.05), Nedley won the 200 yard butterfly (1:58.22), and Brooks won the 50 yard freestyle (22.65).

Rounding out the first-place finishers for the men were freshman Jimmy Newman (Richboro, PA / Council Rock ) (1,000 yard freestyle/10:15.40), sophomore David Starr (Pittsburgh, PA / Plum) (100 yard freestyle/50.72), and freshman Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) (200 yard backstroke/2:03.25).

Freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) led the Titan women with three first-place finishes. Reott won the 1,000 yard freestyle (10:58.07), the 100 yard backstroke (1:02.30), and the 200 yard backstroke (2:15.89). Sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) earned two first-place finishes with wins in the 200 yard freestyle (2:01.33) and in the 500 yard freestyle (5:28.33). Also earning multiple wins was freshman Sara Peace (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk) who won the 200 yard breaststroke (2:37.87) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:13.46) and junior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) won the 200 yard butterfly (2:13.33) and the 100 yard butterfly (1:01.63).

Rounding out the first-place finishers for the women was the 200 yard medley relay team who won with a time of 1:55.75. The quartet included sophomore Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) and juniors Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton), Marlow, and Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs).

The Titans are back in the pool next Thursday when they travel to Grove City at 6 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.