Swimming & Diving: Women Place Third, Men Fourth at Wooster Invite

Saturday, December 7, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio - The Westminster College women's and men's swimming & diving teams competed in the third and final day of the Wooster Invitational on Saturday.

The Titan women placed third out of 10 schools with 1116.5 points, while the Titan men finished fourth out of nine schools with 955 points. Westminster's combined points of 2071.5 were good enough for fifth overall.

On Saturday, three Titan swimmers finished with NCAA provisional times, including senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg), junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman), and sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford).

Marlow placed fifth in the 200 yard butterfly at 2:08.19. Brooks finished third in the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 1:52.75. Brooks also had a NCAA provisional time of 1:51.04 in the preliminaries. Rounding out the NCAA B cuts was Baurle who clocked in at 2:05.91 in the 200 breaststroke preliminaries. Baurle finished third in the 200 BR finals (2:08.34).          

Junior Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) placed third in the 1,650 yard freestyle with a time of 18:03.88. Freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional) touched fifth in the 200 yard breaststroke at 2:31.11. Sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) (2:09.79) and senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) (2:10.15) took fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 200 yard backstroke.  The 400 yard freestyle relay team, consisting of Reott, freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston), Erdley, and senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs), placed seventh (3:39.84).                 

Junior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) placed fourth in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 47.08, while brother freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) finished sixth in the 200 yard backstroke (1:56.82).  The 400 yard freestyle relay team clocked in at 3:11.62 for seventh-place. The quartet was Brooks, sophomore Max Hague (Canton, OH / Glenoak), and the Pletz brothers.

Westminster is off until January 8 when it travels to Orlando Fla. to compete at Rollins College.

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.