Swimming & Diving: Titans Sweep Mount Union on Senior Day

Saturday, February 2, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams swept Mount Union on Saturday in Westminster's final meet of the regular season. The Titan men won 166-125, while the Titan women won 180-111. The Titan men and women improved to 10-2 and 9-4 overall, respectively. The Mount Union men's and women's team dropped to 9-5 and 10-3, respectively.        

Westminster won a total of 20 events (10 men, 10 women).

Freshman Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) and senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) led the Titan men with two individual wins each and were also part of a winning relay team. Baurle won the 100 yard breaststroke (59.54) and 200 yard breaststroke (2:15.32). Nedley won the 100 yard butterfly (53.19) and the 200 yard butterfly (1:59.59). Baurle and Nedley were also part of the 200 yard medley relay team who placed first with a time of 1:36.63. Completing the quartet were sophomore Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and senior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley).  

Also earning first-place finishes for the men were freshman Jimmy Newman (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) (1,000 yard freestyle/10:20.49), freshman Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) (100 yard backstroke/54.66), freshman Josh Mackin (White Oak, PA / Brentwood) (1 meter diving/165.75), sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) (200 yard backstroke/2:03.05), and freshman Adam Smale (Monclova, OH / St. John's Jesuit) (200 yard IM/2:06.94).   

Three Titans on the women's side earned multiple wins each. Sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) won the 1,000 yard freestyle (11:04.92) and the 500 yard freestyle (5:26.74). Freshman Sara Peace (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk) won the 100 yard breaststroke (1:13.58) and the 200 yard breaststroke (2:37.42). Freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) won the 200 yard backstroke (2:13.14) and the 200 yard IM (2:15.91).    

Rounding out the first-place finishes for the women were junior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) (200 yard butterfly/2:14.83), freshman Candace Hall (Greensburg, PA / Greater Latrobe) (1 meter diving/194.45), senior Carolyn Swarlis (Pittsburgh, PA / Avonworth) (100 yard butterfly/1:01.59), and senior Abby Gardner (Medina, OH / Medina) (3 meter diving/171.80).  

Westminster will take a week off to prepare for the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships which starts Wednesday, February 13, at 10 a.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.