GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Westminster College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams completed day one of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships. The Championships are being hosted by Grove City College.
Titan freshman Connor May (Highlands Ranch, CO / Glacier Park) dominated the competition in the men’s 3-meter diving event, breaking the PAC Championship Meet, open meet, conference and his own school record with a score of 573.45, earning first-place out of seven divers in the 3 Meter (11 dives) event. The previous PAC Championship Meet record was set back in 1983 by Pat Pyrch of Washington & Jefferson College with a score of 573.40. May also surpassed the Grove City pool record of 482.25 which was set at last year’s PAC Championships by Theo Skoric of Washington and Jefferson College. May’s dive is currently fourth in the nation among division III counterparts for highest score earned. May also broke his own school record in the 3 Meter (6 dives) with a score of 360.50. Freshman Zack Thomas (Snohomish, WA / Snohomish) also earned third-place with a score of 427.40, good for third all time in school history.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Fast (Wooster, OH / Wooster) earned first-place in the women’s 1-meter (11 dives) event, scoring a total of 429.95 points. Fast’s score breaks her own school record that was set at last years PAC Championships (394.85), and she also broke her own school record in the 1 Meter (6 dives) with a score of 248.50, breaking her previous mark of 242.10 at Grove City in 2017. The first-place finish is Fast’s first of her career at the PAC Championships. First-year Zoe Cable (Brookville, PA / Brookville Area) placed fourth with a score of 388.75. Her 1 Meter (6 dives) score of 235.50 is good for third all-time in school history.
May and Fast become the first Westminster divers in school history to be crowned PAC Champions in any diving event.
The Titan men’s 200-yard relay team of juniors Michael Spencer (Clearfield, PA / Clearfield) and Clay Murray (St. Thomas, PA / James Buchanan), senior Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), and sophomore Matt Kwalick (Sewickley, PA / Quaker Valley) earned second place with a time of 1:23.66. Kwalick registered a time of 1:53.52 in the 200-yard IM, earning second place. Murray earned third-place in the 50-yard freestyle (21.74), while sophomore Aaron Dunlany (Boardman, OH / Boardman) earned second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:38.93.
For the women, senior Megan Douds (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) finished third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:19.39. Junior Carolyn Novak (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper St. Clair) also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle (24.59).
The Titan men scored 291 points as a team, solidifying first-place after day one. The Titan women scored 211 points, good for second place.
Westminster competes in day two Thursday, February 16 with the start time set for 10 a.m.