NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics)- Westminster College will induct four new members into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 22. The Class of 2018 is as follows: Megan (Mier) Kowall ’09 (Swimming & Diving), Dan Loucks ’70 (Golf), Joe Stewart ’63 (Track & Field), and Megan (Harding) Wilkie ’09 (Track & Field).
The inductees will be recognized on the field during halftime of the Westminster-Bethany football game that is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m. The formal induction ceremonies will take place at a dinner that will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center. Please contact the Department of Athletics (724-946-7307) for information or to make reservations for the Hall of Fame induction dinner.
Megan (Mier) Kowall ’09 (Swimming & Diving), a four-time All-PAC First Team honoree, is a two-time NCAA Division III Honorable Mention All-American and a three-time NCAA Division III National Qualifier. Mier was twice named a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American (2008-09) and also earned Academic All-District honors in 2008. She was a key member of two PAC Championship and two PAC Runner-Up teams. Mier was the PAC Co-MVP in 2009. She was crowned the PAC champion three times in the 200 back (2007-09), twice in the 100 back (2006, 2008), and once in the 100 fly (2009). She was also a member of Westminster’s 400 medley and 200 medley relay championship teams in 2009. She ranks first in school history in the 200 back (2:05.09) and second in the 100 back (58.13). She also ranks tenth in the 200 IM (2:11.57) and is a member of two record-setting relays: the 200 medley (1:46.31) and 400 medley (3:51.37). Mier finished her career with top 10 times of all time in four events (two individual and two relay). She previously held the 100 fly (57.13) school record at the time of graduation. She was named team captain both as a junior and senior. Mier was named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll three times (2006, 2008-09) and was a two-time recipient of Westminster’s Gene Nicholson Swimmer and Diver/Scholar Award (2008-09). As a senior, Mier received the Marjorie A. Walker Award, given annually to honor the top Westminster senior female student-athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. She was named to the 60th Anniversary All-PAC Swimming & Diving Team.
Dan Loucks ’70 (Golf), was a key part of Westminster’s back-to-back West Penn Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WPIAC) Championships during his junior and sophomore years and WPIAC runner-up finishes during his freshman and senior campaigns. He finished in the top-3, including two runner-up finishes, in all four WPIAC Championships. A four-year letterman and Team MVP as a senior, Loucks compiled a 23-1-4 record in dual matches in his last three years. Loucks, who played at the number one position as a senior, helped his team to a 33-3 record, including an undefeated year as a sophomore (10-0).
Joe Stewart ’63 (Track & Field) was a three-year letterman and a team co-captain as a senior for the Titan track & field team. He was a member of the West Penn Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WPIAC) championship team in 1959. Stewart was also a member of the school record-breaking 1-mile relay team in 1959 and won the conference 800-yard run in his freshman year. He also set the school-record in the 440-yard run (49.5) in 1962, a record that stood for 50 years. His grandfather, Linus E. Stewart, class of 1905, previously held the 440 record before it was broken by Marlow Tolbert in 1952. Stewart held the starting blocks for Adam Carswell ’13 when Carswell set a new school record in 2012. Stewart was undefeated in the 440-yard run during his junior and senior seasons. Additionally, Stewart was the two-time WPIAC 440 champion (1962, 1963). He was also the team captain for the cross country team in 1963.
Megan (Harding) Wilkie ’09 (Track & Field) is one of the most decorated sprinters in Westminster College history as she won four individual PAC titles and was part of two relay conference gold medals, established the school standard in two outdoor events, and was named Team MVP on teams that won back-to-back PAC Championships. The four-year letterwinner holds the school’s top times in the 100 (12.05) and anchored the 4X100 relay that set a PAC Championships record in 2008 (48.26). Her 100 time, also set in 2008, still stands as the top time at the PAC Championships, earning her the 2008 PAC MVP honors. She also qualified for the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both the 100 and 4X100 relay. Harding’s indoor time in the 55 (7.45) also clocks in as the best in program history. She previously held the 200 school record (26.54) at the time of graduation. Harding was named All-PAC First Team and PAC Champion in the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay in both junior and senior years, while earning a spot on the All-PAC Second Team as a sophomore. Harding was named to 60th Anniversary All-PAC Outdoor Track & Field Team.