Titan Men Post Historic 300th Win as Westminster Swimming Teams Sweep Allegheny  -- January 17, 2004

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa., Jan. 17. THE Westminster College men's and women's swimming teams each posted non-conference victories today in dual meets againt Allegheny College at the Natatorium. The Titan men improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season with a 108-73 victory over the Gators, while the Lady Titans improved to 4-1 with a 102-81 decision over their Allegheny counterparts.

The men's win was a historic one for Westminster, as it marked the 300th dual meet victory in the history of the Titan men's swimming program. The program has an all-time record of 300-235-1 (.561) since the school began keeping dual meet records in 1941-42.

For the men, three Titans were double winners. Freshman Ryan Trunk (Brookline, MA/Cheshire Academy H.S.) led the way with individual wins in the 100 (50.38) and 200 freestyle (1:49.22) events. Sophomores Josh Hensler (Pittsburgh/South Park H.S.) and Nate Horrell (Ligonier/Ligonier Valley H.S.) both swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team
(1:42.09) while also posting individual wins. Hensler captured the 200 individual medley (2:05.76), while Horrell was victorious in the 100 butterfly (56.27).

For the Lady Titans, senior Brittany Jardine (Allison Park/North Allegheny H.S.) led the way with wins in all three of her events. Jardine captured both the 50 freestyle (25.99) and 100 butterfly
(1:01.23) while swimming the anchor leg for the winning 200 freestyle relay team (1:47.97). The other Lady Titan to post a pair of individual wins was freshman Sara Bonchosky (Uniontown/Laurel Highlands H.S.), who won both the 100 (56.11) and 200 freestyle (2:01.45). (All photos

The Westminster men's and women's swimming teams return to action tomorrow (Sat., Jan. 17) as the Titans and Lady Titans travel to Pittsburgh for a non-conference meet with nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon University at 1 p.m.

Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked among national leaders in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges, and is the most affordable national liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 351 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and was recognized by The Templeton Guide as a "Character Building College."

Nearly 1,600 students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty, while choosing from 40 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa. campus.

Following is a complete list of individual and relay winner for Westminster against Allegheny

Name Cl. Event Time
Ryan Trunk (Brookline, MA/Cheshire Academy H.S.) Fr. 100
freestyle 50.38
freestyle 1:49.22
Josh Hensler (Pittsburgh/South Park H.S.) So. 200
individual medley 2:05.76
Nate Horrell (Ligonier/Ligonier Valley H.S.) So. 100
butterfly 56.27
Andy Hudak (Berea, OH/Berea H.S.) So. 500
freestyle 5:04.55
Pat Smith (South Park/South Park H.S.) Fr. 100
backstroke 56.62

Names Cl. Event Time
Shawn McNamara (North Huntingdon/Norwin H.S.) Fr. 200 medley
relay 1:42.09
Josh Hensler, Nate Horrell
Kevin Gesacion (Boardman, OH/Boardman H.S.) Jr.

Name Cl. Event Time
Brittany Jardine (Allison Park/North Allegheny H.S.) Sr. 50
freestyle 25.99
butterfly 1:01.23
Sara Bonchosky (Uniontown/Laurel Highlands H.S.) Fr. 100
freestyle 56.11
freestyle 2:01.45
Katie Alukonis (Pittsburgh/Baldwin
H.S.) Sr. 500
freestyle 5:28.53
Megan Sweithelm (Indiana/Indiana H.S.) So. 100
backstroke 1:03.08
Megan McLaughlin (Wooster, OH/Wooster H.S.) Fr. 200
individual medley 2:20.37
Emily Staniszewski (Pittsburgh/South Park
H.S.) Fr. 100 breaststroke 1:12.40

Names Cl. Event Time
Megan Sweithelm, Emily Staniszewski, 200
medley relay 1:56.88
Amy Wirtz (Canton, OH/Canton McKinley H.S.) Fr.
Megan Lytle (Clearfield/Clearfield H.S.) Sr.

Tawnya Brown (Murrysville/Franklin Regional H.S.) Sr. 200
freestyle relay 1:47.97
Erica McCullough (Pittsburgh/Baldwin H.S.) Jr.
Rachel Brown (Pittsburgh/Baldwin H.S.) Fr.
Brittany Jardine