Wednesday, January 8, 2014
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams swept Division II Rollins College on Wednesday during its Florida trip.
The Titan men won 119-83 and the Titan women won 121.5-81.5. Both Westminster teams remained undefeated (men 6-0, women 7-0), while the Rollins women dropped to 2-4 and its men fell to 0-5 on the season.
The Titan women and men won eight of 10 events each, not including one event each where Westminster used an exhibition swimmer.
Senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs) paced the women with two individual wins and was also part of a winning relay team. Whisel teamed-up with sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), and junior Rebecca Mobley (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland) and won the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:53.74. Whisel also won the 50 yard freestyle (25.66) and the 100 yard freestyle (56.86).
Reott and Tower also picked up an individual win for the Titans. Reott touched first in the 100 yard backstroke (1:01.75), while Tower won the 100 yard breaststroke (1:11.06).
Freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) won two events as she placed first in the 1,000 yard freestyle (10:53.95) and in the 500 yard freestyle (5:21.75). Rounding out the first-place finishers for the women was senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) who won the 200 yard IM (2:18.63).
For the men, juniors Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) and Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) won two individual events each and were also part of a winning relay.
Pletz won the 200 yard freestyle (1:46.77) and the 100 yard freestyle (48.76). Brooks won the 50 yard freestyle (22.56) and the 100 yard backstroke (53.53).
Pletz and Brooks were also part of the 200 yard medley relay team that won with a time of 1:39.23. Completing the quartet were sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) and freshman Joey Spurio (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard).
Also winning their respective event were junior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) (1,000 yard freestyle/10:10.16), freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) (200 yard IM/2:02.43), and sophomore Jimmy Newman (Richboro, PA / Council Rock) (500 yard freestyle/4:57.33).
Westminster is back in the pool on Saturday, January 18, when it hosts Carnegie Mellon and SUNY Geneseo at 12 p.m. for its senior recognition meet.
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.