Swimming & Diving: Titans Compete at CMU; Culp Breaks Diving Record
Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, January 20, 2013 13:01
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed at Carnegie Mellon on Saturday. The Titan men lost to SUNY Geneseo, 165-123, and to Carnegie Mellon, 197-90. The Titan women lost to SUNY Geneseo, 197-100, and to Carnegie Mellon, 206-93. The Titan men fell to 7-2 overall, while the women dropped to 7-3.
Freshman Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) led the women's team with three top-3 finishes. Reott placed first in the 200 yard backstroke (2:11.78), second in the 500 yard freestyle (5:17.57), and third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.67). Also earning third-place finishes were sophomore Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice) in the 1,650 freestyle (18:38.59) and the 400m freestyle relay team (3:53.04) that consisted of Reott, sophomore Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), junior Carrie Whisel (Boiling Springs, PA / Boiling Springs), and Wyland.
Freshman Ericka Culp (Avonmore, PA / PA Cyber School) placed second in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive. Culp scored a 217.40 in the 3-meter and a school-record mark of 238.0 in the 1-meter.
Freshman Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) led the men's team with two first-place finishes. Baurle won the 100 yard breaststroke (58.76) and the 200 yard breaststroke (2:11.32). Baurle was also part of the 200 yard medley relay team that placed second with a time of 1:37.63. Completing the quartet were freshman Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle), senior Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville), and senior Dan Gutmann (Cranberry Twp., PA / Seneca Valley). Sophomore Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township) touched second in the 200 yard freestyle at 1:44.86. The 400m freestyle relay team also earned second place with a time of 3:20.60. The foursome included sophomore David Starr (Pittsburgh, PA / Plum), freshman Max Hague (Canton, OH / Glenoak), Gutmann, and Pletz.
Rounding out the top-3 finishers for the men were Karper (100 yard backstroke/53.74) and Nedley (200 yard butterfly/1:58.54 and 100 yard butterfly/52.03) who finished in third-place.
Westminster is back in the pool when they host St. Vincent next Saturday at 1 p.m.