Thursday, February 13, 2014
GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College women's and men's swimming and diving teams completed day two of the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship on Thursday night at Grove City. Both teams currently stand second.
The Titan men scored 198 points, behind the Wolverines with 217. The Titan women have 231 points, behind the Wolverines with 242.
The Titan men won four events, including one school-record performance, paced by junior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) who won the 500 freestyle with a NCAA provision time of 4:36.17; he also set an Invitational, a PAC Open, and a PAC Meet record. Pletz's time, a seven-second improvement from preliminaries, was 0.15 seconds away from tying a 14-year-old school record. Junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) led off the 400 medley relay team with a school-record time of 50.26, while Westminster won at 3:26.15. Sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford), freshman Joey Spurio (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard), and Pletz completed the foursome.
Titan freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) was crowned the 200 IM champion with a time of 1:55.65, while Brooks won the 50 freestyle as he touched first at 21.24.
Senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs) led the women's team as she was part of two school records. Whisel placed second in the 50 freestyle in a school-record time of 24.15 and was also part of the 200 freestyle relay team that placed third with a school-record time of 1:37.85. Juniors Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) and Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) and sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) completed the quartet.
Titan senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) won second in the 200 IM (2:09.44), while freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) placed third in the 500 freestyle (5:10.34). Also earning second place was the 400 medley relay team, which consisted of Rozick, freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg), and Whisel, who clocked in at 3:56.93.
The Titan men are looking for their sixth (second-straight) PAC Championship, while the Titan women are striving for their fifth conference title and first since 2007.
Friday's finals of the championship will begin at 6 p.m.
Updated: Feb. 14, 8:49 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 378 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.