Swimming & Diving: Titans Sweep Bethany in PAC Opener

Saturday, November 2, 2013

 BETHANY, W. Va. - The Westminster College women's and men's swimming & diving teams swept Bethany on Saturday in its first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) dual meet of the season. Both teams remained undefeated at 2-0 overall.

The Titan women won 143-106, while the Titan men won 138-100.

The Titan women won eight events, not including three events in which Westminster used exhibition swimmers.  The Titan men won eight events, not including five events in which Westminster used exhibition swimmers.

For the women, the quartet of sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), junior Rebecca Mobley (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland), and senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs) won the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:55.35. Mobley and Tower also each won an individual event as Mobley won the 200 yard butterfly (2:24.79) and Tower in the 50 yard freestyle (26.75).

Also picking up wins were senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) (1,000 yard freestyle/11:35.57) , freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) (200 yard freestyle/2:05.06), senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) (100 yard backstroke/1:05.06), freshman Anita Peduto (Glenshaw, PA / Shaler Area) (200 yard backstroke/2:20.04), and sophomore Sara Peace (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk) (200 yard breaststroke / 2:39.18).

Junior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) led the men's team with two individual wins and was also a part of a winning relay team. Pletz won the 50 yard freestyle (23.17) and 100 yard freestyle (49.84) and teamed up with junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman), sophomore Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford), and freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) for a first-place finish in the 200 yard medley relay (1:41.64).

Brooks and Dan Pletz also earned individual wins. Brooks won the 100 yard backstroke (53.55), while Pletz won the 200 yard backstroke (2:05.09).

Rounding out the first-place finishes for the men were sophomore Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) (1,000 yard freestyle/10:53.90), junior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) (200 yard freestyle / 1:51.44), and freshman Joey Spurio (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) (200 yard butterfly/2:03.69).

Westminster will host Allegheny next 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 378 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.