Swimming & Diving: Titans Break Eight Pool Records, Sweep Saint Vincent

Saturday, January 25, 2014

LATROBE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's and men's swimming and diving teams broke eight pool records en route to a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) sweep at Saint Vincent on Saturday. The Titan men won 150-108, while the Titan women won 153-101.

The Titan men improved to 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the PAC, while the Titan women improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference. The Bearcat women went to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the league, while the Bearcat men dropped to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in PAC competition.

Each Titan team won 10 events, not including one event apiece where Westminster used exhibition swimmers.

The men's team broke five pool records. Junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) broke two records each. Brooks won the 100-yard backstroke (51.34) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.00), while Baurle won the 100-yard breaststroke (58.68) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:11.02). Rounding out the record-breaking performances for the men was freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) who finished first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.75.

The women's team broke three pool records. Senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) broke one record in the 200-yard butterfly (2:12.70) and was also part of the 200-yard medley relay team who set a new record with a time of 1:54.16. Completing the quartet were sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), and senior Carrie Whisel (Export, PA / Franklin Regional). Also breaking a pool record was senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) who touched first in the 200-yard backstroke at
2:13.78.

Westminster will host Grove City in its PAC season finale next Thursday at 6 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.