Westminster Closes out Regular Season on High Notes

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. January, 29. THE Westminster College men's & women's swimming teams each closed their 2005-06 dual meet schedules on a positive note this afternoon at the Natatorium, as both squads posted non-conference wins over visiting Carnegie Mellon University. The Titan men (9-1-1) posted a 137-125 victory over the Tartans, while the Lady Titans (9-2) also topped CMU by a 139.5-122.5 margin.

Three Titan men led the way against Carnegie Mellon, paced by junior triple-winner Ryan Trunk (Brookline, MA/Cheshire Academy H.S.). Trunk swept the spring freestyle events, touching first in the 50 (21.84), 100 (47.43) and 200 freestyle (1:45.64) events. Junior Pat Smith (South Park/South Park H.S.) and freshman Zac Gebhardt (Monroeville/Gateway H.S.) both won a pair of individual events, with Simth capturing the 100 (55.26) and 200 backstroke (55.26), while Gebhardt led the field in both the 500 (4:55.55) and 1000 freestyle (10:04.92).

The Westminster womenwere paced against the Tartans by sophomore Becky Giles (Johnstown/Westmont Hilltop H.S.), who swept all three of her events to become the lone multi-event winner for the Lady Titans against CMU. Giles finished first in both the 200 butterfly (2:15.55) and the 200 individual medley (2:14.89), while also swimming a leg for the victorious 200 medley relay (1:54.79) team.

Both Westminster swim teams return to the pool at the 2006 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships, to be held at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., on Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11. Both the Titans and Lady Titans were a perfect 3-0 in dual meet action against PAC teams this season.

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 one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 361 Colleges" and "Best 115 in the Mid-Atlantic" 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 winners for Westminster against Carnegie Mellon:

Name Cl. Event Time
Ryan Trunk (Brookline, MA/Cheshire Academy H.S.) Jr. 50 freestyle 21.84
100 freestyle 47.43
200 freestyle 1:45.64
Pat Smith (South Park/South Park H.S.) Jr. 100 backstroke 55.26
200 backstroke 1:59.56
Zac Gebhardt (Monroeville/Gateway H.S.) Fr. 500 freestyle 4:55.55
1000 freestyle 10:04.92

Name Cl. Event Time
Becky Giles (Johnstown/Westmont Hilltop H.S.) So. 200 butterfly 2:15.55
200 individual medley 2:14.89
Britt Thomas (Bethel Park/Bethel Park H.S.) Jr. 1000 freestyle 10:58.24
Ashley Linnelli (Canfield, OH/Canfield H.S.) So. 500 freestyle 5:29.07
Steph Peters (Finleyville/Peters Township H.S.) So. 50 freestyle 25.48
Megan Mier (Akron, OH/Revere H.S.) Fr. 200 backstroke 2:13.81

Name Cl. Event Time
Megan Sweithelm (Indiana/Indiana H.S.) Sr. 200 medley relay 1:54.79
Stephanie Kudrick (Coudersport/Coudersport H.S.) So.
Becky Giles
Megan McLaughlin (Wooster, OH/Wooster H.S.) Jr,

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