Thursday, May 22, 2014
CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. -The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) hosted its inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet earlier this week. Senior volleyball player Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and senior baseball player Nicholas Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) were honored as the Westminster recipients.
The invitation-only event was held in the Lawrence Armstrong Room of the Four Points by Sheraton. The evening of celebration got started with a reception for all attendees at 6 p.m. Over 100 were on hand to honor the recognized senior student-athletes. Dan Dutcher, Vice President of NCAA Division III, served as the event's keynote speaker.
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Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2013-14 academic year.
Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior men's track & field and basketball Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's track & field Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City).
Thomas, a four-year letterman in basketball and track & field, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention in basketball where he scored his 1,326 career point (14th all-time) this past season. Thomas, a member of four PAC Track & Field championship teams, earned All-PAC First Team in 2013 and 2014, was the PAC Championship Field Event MVP in 2013, and holds two school records. Thomas, a communication major, has volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling and has helped with his Alma Mater, Union High School, at youth basketball camps.
Gabor, a four-year letterwinner in track & field, was the PAC Track Athlete Co-MVP, All-PAC First Team, and PAC Champion in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Championship. Gabor was also the gold medalist in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Indoor Championship. Gabor, an All-PAC First Team honoree in Outdoor T&F in 2012 and 2013, was named the PAC T&F Championship MVP in 2012. Gabor holds five school records and was the high point scorer on two PAC Championship T&F teams. Gabor, a chemistry major, was a three-year SAAC representative and also represented Westminster at the PAC SAAC banquet. Gabor volunteered for Special Olympics bowling and was a recipient for an exceptional leadership scholarship.
The WESPY award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot.
The men's WESPY went to junior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman). At the PAC championship meet, Brooks was the overall high point scorer to win the Meet MVP, the PAC Swimmer of the Year award, and was All-PAC 1st Team. He won seven gold medals (four individual and three relay) at the meet and set new school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events. He also qualified in two events for the NCAA D-III National Championship Meet.
For the second-straight year, the women's WESPY went to track and field sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg). Kalsey finished in second place at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn her third track & field All-American citation. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11 ½"), just .05 meters off her school record and personal best. Her second place performance is the highest finish in Westminster history by any track & field athlete, male or female, in national competition.
The Senior Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to baseball senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) and the women's award went to volleyball senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon).
The following is a list of all other awards presented at Tuesday's ceremony:
Westminster Prepares for NCAA's Third Division III Week
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster will be joining nearly 450 other NCAA Division III institutions to celebrate Division III Week this week, April 7-13. This is the third year that a week has been set aside by the NCAA to recognize those member institutions whose intercollegiate athletic programs compete in D-III.
Division III Week provides each school and conference with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the well-rounded collegiate experience enjoyed by the Division III student-athlete. The event is part of Division III's Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division's identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can "follow your passions and develop your potential," within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.
Here is a list of DIII Week activities on Westminster's campus:
Volleyball Announces 2014 Summer Camp Details
This camp is intended for girls in grades 7-12. The objective is to provide quality skill instruction, competitive team play, promote good sportsmanship, and encourage teamwork. You may attend individually, with friend(s), or bring your team. If you come with your team, we will make sure you are together for all team competition.
PAC Recognizes 60 Titan Student-Athletes on 2013 Fall Academic Honor Roll
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recognized 60 Westminster College student-athletes who were named to the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll on Friday.
The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. The 436 student-athletes honored on the Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll is the highest total ever recognized by the league on its fall honor roll and represents an increase of five from last fall's honor roll (431).
Click here for the complete PAC Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2013 semester.
The following is a listing of the 60 Westminster student-athletes recognized on the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll:
Please note the following designations: (1) = First Team All-PAC; (2) = Second Team All-PAC; (H) = Honorable Mention All-PAC; (S) = Sportsmanship Team
Volleyball: Romocean and Riemer Leads Titan All-PAC Honorees
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Four members of the Westminster College volleyball team earned spots on the Presidents' Athletic Conference's 2013 All-PAC teams and an additional Titan earned an honorable mention nod.
Senior outside hitter Megan Romocean (Ravenna, Ohio/Southeast) and senior middle blocker Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) earned First-Team All-PAC honors, while senior setter Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) and senior middle blocker Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) were voted to the Second-Team. Senior outside hitter Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, Ohio/Western Reserve) was tabbed on the Honorable Mention team.
Romocean, a third-year starter who was tabbed on the first-team as a junior, ranked second in the league in both kills and points. She averaged 3.40 kills per set as well 4.06 points per set. For Westminster, Romocean ranked first on the team in kills (333) and second in service aces (35).
Riemer, a third-year starter, ranked first in the conference with a .336 hitting percentage. She was also third on the team with 260 kills and second with 86 blocks. Riemer earned Second Team All-PAC honors as a junior.
Palkovic, a second-year starter, was first in the PAC averaging 9.83 assists per set. Her 1,150 total assists also led the conference. Last year, Palkovic earned an honorable mention all-conference nod.
Starheim, a fourth-year starter, was fifth in the PAC with a .303 hitting percentage. Her 99 total blocks ranked first on the team, while her 274 kills stood second best. Starheim earned a Second-Team All-PAC honor last year.
Ferrando, a one-year starter, placed third in the PAC with 593 digs. Her 5.29 digs per set was also third in the conference and first on the team. This was her first all-conference honor of her career.
The Titans finished the season 26-9 overall and 12-6 in the PAC, under veteran head coach Tammy Swearingen. Westminster's 26 wins marked the most since 2002.
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Volleyball: Titans Finish 2013 Season at PAC Semifinals
BETHANY, W. Va. - The no. 4-seeded Westminster College volleyball team lost, 3-2, to the no. 1-seeded Bethany at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament Semifinals on Friday night.
The teams alternated wins for the first four sets as Bethany won set 1 (25-21) and set three (25-14), while Westminster won set two (25-21) and set four (25-19). In the fifth and final set, Westminster pulled within three points, 11-8, after senior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) found classmate Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) for a kill. Bethany, however, scored four-straight points to capture the 15-8 win after two kills and two Titan attack errors.
Three Titans tallied double-digit kills, led by senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) with 16. Romocean was one dig away from a double-double as she earned nine digs, while totaling a match-high five blocks (two solo, three assists). Classmate Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and junior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) followed with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) led the Titan defense with 24 digs. Sophomore Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic) and Palkovic notched 13 and 11 digs, respectively. Palkovic also had a team-high 38 assists on the night.
Starheim and Prybyl chipped in with eight and six kills, respectively. Senior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch) and Freyermuth added seven and six digs, respectively.
The Titans finished the season 26-9 overall (12-6 PAC), while the Bison improved to 28-9 and advance to the PAC Finals tomorrow. Westminster's 26 wins mark the most since 2002.
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Recent Volleyball Results
||@ Bethany (PAC Semifinals)||L 3-2 (25-21, 21-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-8)|
||SAINT VINCENT (PAC TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND)||W, 3-2 (12-25,25-10,25-16,23-25,15-5)|
||@ Thomas More*||L, 3-2 (25-19,22-25,25-17,9-25,17-15)|
||SAINT VINCENT* (SENIOR NIGHT)||W, 3-0 (25-16,25-20,25-19)|
||@ Geneva*||L, 3-2 (25-13,14-25,23-25,25-22,15-12)|
||THIEL*||W, 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-13)|
* - Presidents' Athletic Conference games
Home Games in Bold CAPS