Swimming and Diving: Men First, Women Second Heading into Final Day of PAC Championships

Friday, February 15, 2013

GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed day three of four of the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday. The championships are taking place at Grove City College. The Titan men are currently in the lead by 10 points with 481 total points, while the Titan women stand second with 504 points (84 points behind the leader).

The men's 200 yard medley relay team won with an NCAA provisional and school-record time of 1:33.08. The quartet included sophomore Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and freshman Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) and seniors Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville) and Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley).

Baurle also etched his name into the record books when he touched first in the 100 yard breaststroke with an NCAA provisional, PAC meet, pool-, and school-record time of 56.40. Gutmann followed with a second-place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke with an NCAA provisional time of 57.56.

Rounding out the record-breaking performance was Brooks who broke his own school-record that he set yesterday in the 100 yard backstroke as he touched first with an NCAA provisional time of 50.47.   

Rounding out the first-place finishes for the men were Nedley (100 yard butterfly/50.89), sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) (200 yard freestyle/1:42.04), and the 800 yard freestyle relay team (6:59.72) that consisted of Pletz, freshman Jimmy Newman (Richboro, PA / Council Rock), Nedley, and Gutmann.

Earning second-place for the women were junior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) (400 yard IM/4:41.25), freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) (100 yard backstroke/59.40), and the 800 freestyle relay team (7:59.09) that included Reott, sophomore Veronica Corcoran (Dubois, PA / DuBois), Erdley, and sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice).

The final day of the championships begin tomorrow with the preliminaries at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m. Follow all of the action here.

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.