High Fives: Feb. 10-Feb. 16

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1-Junior Steven Brooks (Men's Swimming & Diving) paved the way for a Titan men second-place finish at the 2014 PAC Championship last week.  Brooks was named the invitational and conference's Most Valuable Performer for the season. Brooks finished with a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA provisional, pool- and school-record time of 1:49.72. Brooks also earned a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke with an NCAA provisional time of 50.18 and a first place finish in the 400 medley relay (50.26).

#2-Senior Gabby Holko (Women's Basketball) helped the Titans overcome a 17-point deficit and hit the game-winning three to lead the Titans to their 10th conference win over Waynesburg.  On the game, Holko tied a career-high with a game-high 27 points, while netting a game-high four three-pointers and shooting a game- and career-high 11-for-11 from the free throw line (which is second-best in Titan history).

#3-Senior Amanda Marlow (Women's Swimming & Diving) touched second in her event last week, helping the Titan women earn second-place at the PAC Championship. Marlow earned a time of 2:07.55 in the 200 butterfly, which is also an NCAA provisional time. Marlow also placed second in the 100 backstroke (58.67) and 400 medley relay (3:36.93).

#4-Senior Erin Erdley (Women's Swimming & Diving) 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. Erdley also won second in the 200 IM (2:09.44), the 200 backstroke (2:07.01), and the 800 freestyle relay (7:56.88).

#5-Sophomore Matthew Baurle (Men's Swimming & Diving) was another main contributor to a Titan men second-place finish at the PAC Championship last week. Baurle clocked in at 2:04.11 in the 200 backstroke for a first-place finish which was an NCAA provisional time. He earned another NCAA provisional time as he won the 100 breaststroke at 56.72, which is the second-best time in school history. Baurle was also part of the 400 medley relay time which had a school-record time of 50.26.

Honorable Mention:
-Junior Jake Pletz (Men's Swimming & Diving) 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. Pletz also 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. He was also part of a relay victory in the 200 medley (1:33.67) and the 800 freestyle team (6:58:41), and earned a second-place finish in 100 freestyle (47.46).

-Senior Carrie Whisel (Women's Swimming & Diving) 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. Whisel also picked up a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay at 1:48.34 and placed third in the 100 freestyle (53.73).

 

Steven Brooks