Swimming & Diving: Titans Sweep PAC Dual vs. Visiting Bethany

Saturday, November 10, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming and diving teams hosted Bethany Saturday afternoon in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) dual meet. The Titan men, ranked 24th nationally by Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com, won 110-56 and the Titan women won 130-94.

The Westminster men and women both improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the PAC.  Bethany's men dropped 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference, while the women fell to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the PAC.

Westminster won seven of 16 men's events, not including three events where it used exhibition swimmers. The Titan women won nine of 16 events, not including one event where they used an exhibition diver.

All eight of the Westminster women's  first-place finishes in the individual events came from eight different competitors. Sophomore Veronica Corcoran (Dubois, PA / DuBois) placed first in the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 11:29.75. Junior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) placed first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:03.70. Junior Kate Bowers (Orrville, OH / Wooster) won the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.27. Sophomore Jordan McElhaney (Butler, PA / Butler) finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:15.31. Senior Carolyn Swarlis (Pittsburgh, PA / Avonworth) placed first in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:24.66. Freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA) won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 26.14. Sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) won the 100 yard freestyle at 57.22. Rounding out the first-place swimming finishes for the women was the 200 yard medley relay team. The quartet of senior Kelsey Dawson (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), Erdley, Swarlis, and Reott finished in a time of 1:58.63. PAC Swimmer/Diver of the Week freshman Ericka Culp (Avonmore, PA) won the 1-meter diving with a score of 217.95.

All six of the Titan men's individual wins came from six different student-athletes. Freshman Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA) touched first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:51.80. Junior Ryan Taylor (Fairview, PA / Fairview) won the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:46.97. Freshman Adam Smale (Monclova, OH) finished first in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.22. Senior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley) won the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:04.78. Senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) finished first in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:00.00. Sophomore Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) won the 50 yard freestyle at 22.69. Rounding out the first-place finishes for the men was the 200 yard medley relay team that consisted of sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township), Gutmann, Smale and Nedley who clocked in at 1:42.09.  
 
Westminster will travel to Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday at 6 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.