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WASHINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics)– The Westminster college men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams defeated Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Washington & Jefferson College on Wednesday evening.
The Titan men defeated the Presidents by a score of 137-90, while the women won by a score of 115-67. The men improved to 4-0 overall on the season and 1-0 in conference play and the women improved to 2-2 on the year and 1-0 in the PAC. The W&J women fell to 0-2 overall and in conference play, while the W&J men fell to 0-1 on the season.
Junior Kaitlyn Fast (Wooster, OH / Wooster) broke her own school record in the 3-meter (six dive) event, totaling a first-place score of 278.25 for the Titan women. Her previous record was 258.65. Fast also took first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 240.30. First-year Jamie Elia (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) placed right behind her in the 1-meter with a score of 239.03.
For the women, the 200-medley relay team of Anna Grimenstein (Bridgeville, PA / Homeschooled), sophomore Nyna Hess (Hilliard, OH / Hilliard Davidson), junior Caitlyn Peace (Darlington, PA / Blackhawk), and senior Carolyn Novak (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper St. Clair) took first-place with a time of 2:02.35. Grimenstein took first 200-fly (2:24.84) and 400-yard IM (5:07.92/exhibition). First-year Megan Routch (Imperial, PA / West Allegheny) placed first in the 1000-yard free with a time of 12:00.89. First-year Marissa Bowers (Cuyahoga Falls, OH / Cuyahoga Falls) was first in the 200-yard free (2:10.24) and 200-yard back (2:19.94/exhibition). Junior Abigail Jones (Cabot, PA / Knoch) placed first in two events, including the 100-yard breast (1:13.94) and 100-yard free (58.85). Junior Gabie Johnson (Dover-Foxcroft, ME / Foxcroft Academy) finished first in the 50 free (26.78). In exhibition scoring, junior Maggie Manolis (Jeannette, PA / Jeannette) took first in the 200-breast (2:44.44) while classmate Nicole Stengel (Pittsburgh, PA / Carlynton) placed first in the 500-yard free (5:42.68). The women’s 400 relay team of Hess, Peace, and first-years Juliana Diehl (Danville, PA / Danville) and Carinna Lapson (Aliquippa, PA    / Hopewell) swam a first-place time of 4:02.83.
For the men, seniors David Peffer (Ellwood City, PA / Riverside), Clay Murray (St. Thomas, PA / James Buchanan), junior Matt Kwalick (Sewickley, PA / Quaker Valley) and freshman Trevor McCabe (Avon, NY / Avon Central) finished first in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:39.44. Peffer took first in 1000 free (10:30.28) and 200 back (2:01.75), while Kwalick took first in the 100 back (58.52) and 400 IM (4:29.30/exhibition). McCabe swam a first-place time of 2:21.63 in the 200-yard breast. Junior Thomas Somora (Grove City, PA / Grove City) finished first in the 100 breast (1:05.09) and classmate Aaron Dunlany (Boardman, OH / Boardman) swam to a first-place finish in the 200-yard fly with a time of 2:04.57. Senior Luke Simmons (Ashland, OH / Ashland) was victorious in the 500-yard freestyle (5:18.83). The team of McCabe, Dunlany, Murray, and Peffer finished first in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:20.43 (exhibition race).
In diving, freshman Patrick Holton (Livonia, MI / Winston Churchill) took first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 264.68. Sophomore Connor May (Highlands Ranch, CO / Glacier Park) finished right behind him, scoring a total of 264.60 points. May placed first in the 3-meter dive (305.48), while Holton was second with 280.95 points.
Westminster diving team next competes at Carnegie Mellon University for a two-day competition starting on Friday, November 16 at 4 p.m. The swimming team next competes at PAC opponent Chatham University on Saturday, November 17 at 1 p.m.

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