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Swimming & Diving: Brooks and Marlow Named Scholar All-Americans

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ESSEX FELLS, N.J. - Two Westminster College swimmers have been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as 2014 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans, supported by Nike Swim.
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Swimming & Diving: Titans Hire New Diving Coach All-American Heath Calhoun

Saturday, July 12, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College swimming & diving team announced its hire of new diving coach Heath Calhoun. Calhoun was a sixth-time All-American as a diver at Division II Clarion University.
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Women's Swimming & Diving Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honors

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's swimming & diving team has been named a 2014 Spring College Swimming Coaches of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team, supported by Nike Swim, the CSCAA announced on Thursday, July 10.
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Westminster Produces 54 Athletes on Spring Academic Honor Roll

Sunday, June 29, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recognized 54 Westminster College student-athletes who were named to the PAC Spring 2014 Academic Honor Roll.
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Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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:

WESPY AWARDS:
Honorary Titan Award - Cliff Yonata
Unsung Hero of the Year- (W)-Haley Casuccio, Soccer, (M)-Kory Gribbin, Football
Rookie of the Year-  (W)-Cassidy Shepherd, Track & Field, (M)-Dan Pletz, Swim& Dive
Two-Sport Athlete of the Year- (W)-Shelby Brown, Basketball and Softball, (M)-Anthony Thomas, Basketball and Track & Field
Comeback Athlete of the Year- (W)-Courtney Zitt, Basketball, (M)-David Wright, Football        Team Comeback of the Year-(W)-Softball vs. Thiel, (M)-Football vs. Bethany
Team Performance of the Year-(W)-Tennis, (M)-Track & Field
                                                                                                     
TEAM MVPs:
BASEBALL-John Jones                                   
BASKETBALL (W)-Gabby Holko                                 
BASKETBALL (M)-Anthony Thomas                         
C. COUNTRY (W)-Jenny Jones                    
C. COUNTRY (M)-Aaron Sutton                                
FOOTBALL-Dak Britt                                                       
GOLF (W)-Morgan Pierce                            
GOLF (M)-Ross Montanti                                              
SOCCER (W)-Jordan Steele                                           
SOCCER (M)-Ethan McCarthy                     
SOFTBALL- Lauren Stoczynski                                       
SWIMMING (W)-Erin Erdley                                       
SWIMMING (M)-Alan Nedley                    
TENNIS (W)-Caitie Hosler                                             
TENNIS (M)-Troy Abbott                                             
TRACK Indoor (W)-Haley Gabor               
TRACK Indoor (M)-Jason Frawley                            
TRACK Outdoor (W)-Haley Gabor                            
TRACK Outdoor (M)-Jason Frawley
VOLLEYBALL-Megan Romocean

Faculty members that were recognized for their support of Titan student-athletes inside and outside the classroom:                                                                        
-Dr. Andrew Ade, English.
-Dr. Helen Boylan-Furnari, Chemistry.
-Mr. Jesse Ligo, Business Administration.
-Dr. Robin Lind, Music.
-Dr. Sararose Lynch, Education.
-Dr. Kristenne Robison, Sociology

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.

Westminster Prepares for NCAA's Third Division III Week

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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:
April 7-11: Division III Trivia Contest
April 10: Recognition luncheon for student-athletes honored on Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll.
April 11: Ninth annual SAAC Field Day for Wilmington fourth grade students; lunch and t-shirts provided.
April 12: Hosting annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; this is the third year for Westminster
to host this event in which Titan SAAC representatives and their teammates volunteer as referees and coaches for a tournament organized by Lawrence County Special Olympics; Student-Athlete Appreciation Day - This is the fifth year for this event which involves a picnic lunch at the Field House for Westminster student-athletes; Lawrence County Special Olympics athletes and coaches are also invited to attend.

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.

Swimming and Diving: Titans Earn Academic All-American Honors

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced the 2013 Fall CSCAA Scholar All- America Teams supported by Nike. Both Westminster teams earned the academic recognition.

The Titan women earned a GPA of 3.22, while the Titan men recorded a 3.00.

The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester/term and in the semester/term of the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.

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.

Swimming and Diving: Titans Compete at Kenyon Fast Chance Invitational

Saturday, February 22, 2014

GAMBIER, Ohio - A few members of the Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed at the unscored Kenyon Fast Chance Invitational on Saturday.

Titan freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) improved her time in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.88.

Three additional Titans placed second in their respective events. Sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) placed second in the 100 breaststroke (56.70), junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) touched second in the 100 backstroke (50.38), and sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) earned second-place in the 100 backstroke 59.13.

The NCAA Division III Championships will take place March 19-22 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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.

Swimming & Diving: PAC Recognizes 25 Titans on All-Conference Teams

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) announced its 2013-14 All-PAC Women's and Men's Swimming and Diving teams. A total of 25 Titans were recognized for their efforts at this year's PAC Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Titan men had 11 all-conference selections, while the Titan women had 14. Both were second-most in the conference.

For the men's team, Westminster junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) was tabbed the PAC's Swimmer of the Year. Brooks, also named the league's Swimmer of the Year in 2013, finished first in the finals of Saturday's 200 backstroke for the second-straight year after registering a winning time of 1:49.72, establishing new PAC and Longnecker Invitational records while also attaining the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying standard. On Thursday, Brooks claimed the 50 freestyle (21.24) before winning the PAC title in the 100 backstroke with a B-cut time of 50.18. He also swam successful legs on the Titans' winning 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays and was a member of the Titans' winning 400 freestyle relay to cap off the evening Saturday.

The Titan men had seven First Team All-PAC honorees, including sophomore Matt Baurle (Jeannette, Pa./Penn Trafford), junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman), freshman Max Hague (Canton, Ohio/Glenoak), freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, Pa./Peters Twp.), junior Jake Pletz (Venetia, Pa./Peters Twp.), junior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, Pa./Indiana), and freshman Joey Spurio (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard).

The Titan women had two First Team All-PAC honorees, including seniors Erin Erdley (Meadville, Pa./Cochranton) and Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg).

The Titan men, last year's PAC champion, finished in second place with 718 points, while the Titan women finished in second with 794 points. Titan head coach Rob Klamut earned the PAC Men's Coach of the Year award, his 10th of his career. Klamut also won the Invitational Women's Coach of the Year honor.

Here's a complete list for the Titan honorees:

First Team Men's:
-SO Matt Baurle:             
[200 IM (11th); 400 medley relay (champion); 200 medley relay (champion); 100 breast (champion, B-cut); 200 breast (champion, B-cut)]
-JR Steven Brooks:
[50 free (champion); 200 medley relay (champion); 100 back (champion, B-cut); 800 free relay (champion); 200 back (champion, B-cut); 400 free relay (champion)]
-FR Max Hauge:
[200 medley relay (champion); 100 back (13th); 100 free (9th); 400 free relay (champion)]
-FR Dan Pletz
[200 free relay (4th); 200 IM (champion); 400 IM (champion); 800 free relay (champion); 200 back (2nd, B-cut); 400 free relay (champion)]
-JR Jake Pletz:
[500 free (champion, B-cut); 400 medley relay (champion); 200 medley relay (champion); 200 free (champion); 800 free relay (champion); 100 free (2nd); 400 free relay (champion)]
- JR Nicholas Smith:
[400 IM (2nd); 800 free relay (champion); 1,650 (champion); 200 fly (5th)]
-FR Joey Spurio:
[500 free (16th); 400 medley relay (champion); 100 fly (8th); 200 fly (8th)]

Second Team Men's:
-FR Samuel Angelo:
[200 free relay (4th); 200 IM (10th); 100 breast (4th); 200 breast (5th)]
-SO Austin Karper:
[500 free (4th); 100 back (4th); 200 back (5th)]
-SO Josh Mackin:
[3-meter diving (4th); 1-meter diving (5th)]
-SO Mark Zalakar:
[3-meter diving (5th); 1-meter diving (4th)]

First Team Women's:
-SR Erin Erdley:
[200 IM (2nd); 400 IM (2nd, B-cut); 800 free relay (2nd); 200 back (2nd)]
-SR Amanda Marlow:
]200 IM (4th); 400 medley relay (2nd); 200 medley relay (2nd); 100 fly (2nd); 200 fly (2nd, B-cut)]

Second Team Women's:
-JR Veronica Corcoran:
[500 (7th); 200 free (8th); 1,650 (6th)]
-JR Rebecca Mobley:
[200 IM (8th); 100 fly (7th); 200 fly (7th)]
-FR Mikayla Morrow:
[200 IM (15th); 100 breast (5th); 200 breast (7th)]
-FR Sarah Pace:
[500 (8th); 200 free (7th); 1,650 (10th)]
-SO Sara Peace:
[400 IM (5th); 100 breast (6th); 200 breast (6th)]
-SO Kelsey Reott:
[200 free relay (3rd); 200 IM (5th); 200 medley relay (2nd); 100 back (3rd); 800 free relay (2nd); 200 back (4th); 400 free relay (3rd)]
-JR Marina Rozick:
[200 free relay (3rd); 50 free (6th); 400 medley relay (2nd); 100 back (2nd); 200 back (5th)]
-FR Anne Tillie:
[500 free (3rd); 400 IM (7th); 800 free (2nd); 1,650 (2nd); 400 free relay (3rd)]
-FR Samantha Tower:
[200 IM (6th); 400 free relay (2nd); 200 medley relay (2nd); 100 breast (2nd); 200 breast (3rd)]
-SR Carrie Whisel:
[200 free relay (3rd); 50 free (2nd); 400 medley relay (2nd); 200 medley relay (2nd); 100 back (8th); 100 free (3rd); 400 free relay (3rd)]
-JR Ashley Wyland:
[200 free relay (3rd); 500 (5th); 200 free (3rd); 800 free relay (2nd); 1,650 (3rd); 400 free relay (3rd)]

Honorable Mention Women's:
-FR Anita Peduto
400 IM (6th); 100 back (12th); 200 back (9th)

***Courtesy of the Presidents' Athletic Conference

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.

Swimming & Diving: Titans Place Second at the 2014 PAC Championship

Saturday, February 15, 2014

GROVE CITY, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving team finished second at the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship. The four-day Championship was hosted at Grove City.

Titan head coach Rob Klamut earned the PAC Men's Coach of the Year award, his 10th of his career. Klamut also won the Invitational Women's Coach of the Year honor. Titan junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) earned the Invitational and conference's Most Valuable Performer awards.

The Titan men finished with 718 points, while the Titan women finished with 794. The Wolverines won the championship for both teams.

On Saturday, Westminster set four NCAA provisional marks.

Brooks led the men's team with a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA provisional and a pool- and school-record time of 1:49.72. Westminster freshman Dan Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) followed in second-place with an NCAA provisional time of 1:53.10. Titan sophomore Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) clocked in with an NCAA provisional time of 2:04.11 as he touched first in the 200 breaststroke.

Westminster senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, OH / Twinsburg) led the women's team as she placed second in the 200 butterfly with an NCAA provisional time of 2:07.55.  

Titan junior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) was crowned the champion in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:43.99, while classmate Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) added a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (47.46). The quartet of sophomore Max Hague (Canton, OH / Glenoak), Brooks, and the Pletz brothers won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:07.54.

Freshman Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) and senior Erin Erdley (Meadville, PA / Cochranton) earned second place for Westminster. Tillie touched second in the 1,650 freestyle (17:56.78) and Erdley placed second in the 200 backstroke (2:07.01). Senior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs) and freshman Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional) placed third in their respective events. Whisel placed third in the 100 freestyle (53.73), while Tower touched third in the 200 breaststroke (2:28.29). Also earning third-place for the Titan women was the 400 freestyle relay team, consisting of Whisel, Tillie, junior Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice), and sophomore Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), who clocked in at 3:40.49.

Westminster will next compete at the Kenyon Invitational next Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Click here for the full recap of day two and here for the full recap of day three.

***Updated on Feb. 16 at 12:05 a.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.

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