Swimming and Diving: Baurle and Brooks Break Pool Records on Titans' Senior Day

Saturday, January 18, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving  teams had their undefeated seasons come to an end as both Titan teams lost to SUNY Geneseo and to Carnegie Mellon in a double dual meet at home for its senior recognition day on Saturday.

The Titan men (6-2) lost, 158-133, to Carnegie Mellon and, 165-134, to SUNY Geneseo. The Titan women (7-2) lost, 219-75, to Carnegie Mellon and, 201-93, to SUNY Geneseo.

For the men, Titan sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) and junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) highlighted the day as both set a pool record. Baurle won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.40, breaking his own pool record from last year. Brooks won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.74, breaking a time of 1:54.98 that was set in 2011.

Baurle also won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.48), while Brooks touched first in the 100-yard backstroke (51:41).

Junior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) also picked up a pair of wins as he won the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.27) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.61).

For the women, senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) placed first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:13.12.  Sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) followed closely behind with a second-place finish (2:13.61). Also earning second-place for the women was freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:59.02).   

Westminster will compete at Saint Vincent 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.