Saturday, February 16, 2013
GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College men's swimming and diving team was crowned the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) champion on Saturday, for its first conference championship since 2007 and fifth overall, after it scored 741 points. The Titan women secured second-place with 775 points. The Championship was hosted at Grove City.
Head coach Rob Klamut earned PAC Men's Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year, his ninth Coach of the Year honor of his career. Sophomore Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) was tabbed the PAC men's swimmer of the year.
The Titan men needed a fifth-place finish or better in the final event (400 yard freestyle relay) to clinch the championship. Westminster garnered the title with a third-place finish with a time of 3:09.52. The quartet included sophomores David Starr (Pittsburgh, PA / Plum), Brooks, and Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) and senior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley).
The men also swept the top-3 spots in the 200 yard backstroke. Brooks led the way with a PAC meet record, an NCAA provisional, and a school-record time of 1:52.43. Pletz finished second (1:54.41) and freshman Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) placed third (1:55.73).
Freshman Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) placed first in the 200 breaststroke with an NCAA provisional time of 2:04.31. Also earning first-place for the men was senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) who touched first in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.03. Freshman Jimmy Newman (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) added a second-place finish in the 1,650 yard freestyle (16:45.94).
For the women, junior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) finished second in the 200 yard butterfly with an NCAA provisional and a school-record time of 2:07.01. The previous record was 2:08.57 set in 1993. Sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) earned second-place in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 18:20.91, while the 400 yard freestyle relay team touched second at 3:37.94. The team included freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), sophomore Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), Wyland, and junior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs). Reott and junior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) earned second (2:07.78) and third-place (2:08.57) in the 200 yard backstroke, respectively.
Updated on Feb. 16 at 11:25 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.