Swimming & Diving: Titans Split at Grove City; Men Top Wolverines for First Time in Five Years

Thursday, January 31, 2013

GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College women's and men's swimming & diving teams competed at Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Grove City Thursday night. The Titan men won 160-134, their first win over the Wolverines since the 2007-08 season, while the Titan women lost 169-119.

The Titan men improved to 8-3 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the conference, while the Titan women dropped to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in the PAC. The Wolverine men dropped to 3-8 overall and 2-1 in the league, while the Wolverine women improved to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.

For the men, sophomore Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman), freshman Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford), and senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) won two individual events each.  

Brooks won the 100 yard backstroke (52.64) and the 200 yard backstroke (1:57.37). Baurle won the 100 yard breaststroke (58.10) and the 200 yard breaststroke (2:10.26). Nedley touched first in the 200 yard butterfly (1:59.14) and in the 100 yard butterfly (52.43).

Brooks, Baurle, and Nedley were also part of the 200 yard medley relay team that won with a time of 1:35.89. Completing the quartet was sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township). Pletz also won the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:01.25.   

Also earning an individual win for the men was freshman Jimmy Newman (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) who placed first in the 500 yard freestyle (4:56.72).

For the women's team, freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) led the way with three first-place finishes. Reott won the 100 yard backstroke (1:00.17), the 200 yard backstroke (2:11.16), and the 200 yard IM (2:16.18).

The women's 400 yard freestyle relay team placed first with a time of 3:48.23. The team included junior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton), sophomore Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), junior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs), and sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice).

Rounding out the first-place finishes for the women was junior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) who touched first in the 100 yard butterfly (1:00.84).

Westminster is back in the pool when it hosts Mount Union on Senior Day this Saturday at 1 p.m. Watch the event live here.

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.