Swimming & Diving: Titans Hand W&J First Loss with Sweep

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The Westminster College swimming & diving teams swept a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) dual meet at Washington & Jefferson College on Wednesday. The Titan men won 183-101 and the Titan women won 156-140. Both Westminster teams improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the PAC. The W&J men dropped to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the PAC, while the W&J women fell to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Westminster won 11 of 16 men's events, while setting a pool-record in one event. The Titan women won seven of 16 events.

Sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) led the men as he won three individual events and was part of a winning relay team. Pletz touched first in the 200 yard freestyle (1:48.98), the 500 yard freestyle (5:02.35), and in the 200 yard IM (2:03.39). Pletz was also part of the 200 yard medley relay team that won with a W&J pool-record time of 1:38.25. Completing the foursome were Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA), senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) and senior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley).

Baurle also placed first in the 100 yard breaststroke (58.76) and in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:18.28), while Nedley touched first in the 100 yard butterfly (53.29).

Other first-place finishes for the men were freshman Jimmy Newman (Richboro, PA) (1,000 yard freestyle/10:22.84), sophomore Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) (100 yard backstroke/54.85), sophomore Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) (200 yard butterfly/2:02.58), sophomore Dave Starr (Pittsburgh, PA / Plum) (50 yard freestyle/23.04), and freshman Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA) (200 yard backstroke/2:00.69).    

The Westminster women won the final relay (400 freestyle) to clinch the victory. The quartet, consisting of freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA), sophomore Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), junior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs), and sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), finished in a time of 3:43.90. 

Junior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) won two individual events for the Titan women with first-place finishes in the 200 yard butterfly (2:17.65) and in the 200 yard IM (2:17.62). Wyland touched first in the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 10:55.71. Whisel won the 50 yard freestyle at 25.74. Reott placed first in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:12.69. Rounding out the first-place finishes for the women was freshman Sara Peace (Darlington, PA) who won the 200 yard breaststroke at 2:36.13.

Westminster will host Wooster on Saturday at 1 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.