Friday, February 14, 2014GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College women's and men's swimming and diving teams completed day three of the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship on Friday night at Grove City. Both teams currently stand second behind the Wolverines.
The Titan women are only 14 points behind with 532 points, while the Titan men are trailing by 71 points with 449 points.
The Titan men won five events. Junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) highlighted the night for Westminster in the 100 backstroke with an NCAA provisional mark and a school, pool, invitational, and PAC (open and meet) record-setting time of 49.93 in the preliminaries. Brooks placed second in the 100 back finals with an NCAA provisional time of 50.18.
Westminster sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) also earned an NCAA provisional time as he won the 100 breaststroke at 56.72, which is the second-best time in school history.
Titan freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) was crowned the champion of the 400 IM with a time of 4:10.10, which ranks second all-time in Westminster history. Junior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) followed Pletz with second-place finish with a time of 4:11.63, which is fourth-best in school history.
Titan junior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) won the 200 freestyle as he touched first at 1:41.90, which is good enough for fourth all-time in the program's history. Westminster also picked up two relay victories. The 200 medley team, consisting of Brooks, Baurle, Jake Pletz, and sophomore Max Hague (Canton, OH / Glenoak), won at 1:33.67 and the 800 freestyle team, involving Brooks, Smith, and the Pletz brothers finished first at 6:58.41.
Senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) paced the Westminster women with an NCAA provisional time of 4:35.55 in the 400 IM for second place, which ranks third in Titan history.
Westminster junior Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) and senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) also earned third-best-all-time marks in their respective events. Rozick finished second in the 100 backstroke at 58.67, while Marlow placed second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.99. Titan sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) followed Rozick with a third-place finish in the 100 back (59.03).
Titan freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional) earned second place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.00, good enough for fourth-best ever in program history. The quartet of Reott, Tower, Marlow, and senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs) picked up a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay at 1:48.34, while the 800 freestyle relay team, including freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston), Erdley, junior Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), and Reott placed second with a time of 7:56.88. Wyland added a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:57.99).
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.
On Saturday, the final day of the Championship, the preliminary rounds are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with championship finals set to get underway at 5:30 p.m.
***Updated on Feb. 14 at 11:50 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.