GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Westminster College men’s swimming & diving team won its fourth consecutive Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Saturday evening. The Titan women placed third with a total of 691 points.
The Titan men, securing their ninth overall PAC title, scored a total of 908 points. The title is also the second-straight under Head Coach Pat Smith.
The Westminster men sealed the win after the quartet of junior Michael Spencer (Clearfield, PA / Clearfield), senior Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), junior David Peffer (Ellwood City, PA / Riverside), and sophomore Matt Kwalick (Sewickley, PA / Quaker Valley) placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a school-record time of 3:06.32. The mark was one hundredth of a second faster than the previous school record (3:06.33) set back in 2015.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Fast (Wooster, OH / Wooster) was named the Women’s PAC Diving MVP, while freshman Connor May (Highlands Ranch, CO / Glacier Park) was named the Men’s PAC Diving MVP. Fast and May are the first divers in school history to be named PAC MVPs. Westminster Diving Coach Heath Calhoun was named the Men’s and Women’s PAC Diving Coach of the Year.
May (1-meter and 3-meter), Fast (1-meter and 3-meter), Stahara (100 freestyle and 200 freestyle), and freshman Zack Thomas (Snohomish, WA / Snohomish) (1-meter and 3-meter) all earned NCAA Qualifying marks during the Championships.
May capped off his PAC Championship with another first-place victory in the men’s 1-meter (11 dives) event that saw him break his own school record, the PAC Championship meet record, the PAC open record, and Grove City’s pool record. May’s score of 527.20 was 19.95 points higher than the previous PAC Championship meet record (501.72) set back in 1978 by Doug Virden of John Carroll University. His score was also 46.30 points higher than Grove City’s previous school record (460.95), set back in 2017 by Washington and Jefferson’s Theo Skoric. Freshman Zack Thomas (Snohomish, WA / Snohomish) scored a season-best 456.70 points, earning second place in the 1-meter (11-dives).
Fast earned first-place and broke her school record in the women’s 3-meter (11 dives) event. Fast scored a total of 440.05 points, scoring .90 better than her previous school record set back in 2017 (439.15).
For the men on Saturday, sophomore Aaron Dunlany (Boardman, OH / Boardman) placed second in the 1650 freestyle (16:41.52), while also finishing second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.97. Stahara placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (45.65) and Spencer placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (47.60). Sophomore Matthew Bogen (Canfield, OH / Canfield) finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.61).
For the women, senior Megan Douds (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) finished third in both the 1650 freestyle (18:05.25) and the 200-yard fly (2:15.29). Junior Carolyn Novak (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper St. Clair) also placed third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.75.
Westminster will next compete at Kenyon College Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m.