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Wesminster Men and Women Defeat NCAA Division II Foe Ashland -- November 8, 2004 Megan McLaughlin, Westminster Swimmer

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. November 8.- WESTMINSTER College men's and women's swimming teams each opened the 2004-05 dual meet season on a winning note today at the Natatorium in New Wilmington, per school reports.

The two teams had a non-conference sweep of NCAA Division II Ashland University. The Titan men (1-0) posted a 113-93 victory over the Eagles, while the Lady Titans (1-0) rolled to a 101-58 win over AU.

Leading the Westminster men was triple-winner sophomore Ryan Trunk (Brookline, MA/Cheshire Academy H.S.), who captured both the 100 (49.44) and 200 freestyle (1:48.28) while swimming a leg on the winning Titan 400 medley relay team (3:44.55).

For the Lady Titans, a pair of swimmers were triple winners against the Eagles. Sophomore Megan McLaughlin (Wooster, OH/Wooster H.S.) and freshman Becky Giles (Johnstown/Westmont Hilltop H.S.) both swam legs for the victorious 400 medley relay team (4:15.41), while McLaughlin won both the 50 (25.36) and 200 backstroke (2:18.23) and Giles captured both the 200 IM (2:14.56) and 500 freestyle (5:28.87).

Westminster swimming returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 13, as the Titans and Lady Titans travel to Meadville for a non-league dual meet at local rival Allegheny College beginning at 1 p.m.

Following is a complete list of individual & relay winners for Westminster swimming vs. Ashland:

MEN - INDIVIDUAL
Ryan Trunk 100 freestyle 49.44
200 freestyle 1:48.28
Kevin Gesacion 50 freestyle 22.61
Tom Benoit 500 freestyle 5:06.54

MEN - RELAY
400 medley relay 3:44.55
Pat Smith, Adam Rady, Nate Horrell, Ryan Trunk

WOMEN - INDIVIDUAL
Megan McLaughlin 50 freestyle 25.36
200 backstroke 2:18.23
Becky Giles 200 individual medley 2:14.56
500 freestyle 5:28.87
Sara Bonchosky 200 freestyle 2:03.77
Brittany Thomas 1000 freestyle 11:38.08
Ashley Linnelli 200 butterfly 2:20.52
Stephanie Peters 100 freestyle 56.55

WOMEN - RELAY
400 medley relay 4:15.41
Becky Giles, Emily Staniszewski, Amy Wirtz, Megan McLaughlin

400 freestyle relay 3:55.56
Wirtz, Bonchosky, Linnelli, Peters
Ryan Trunk, Westminster Swimmer Becky Giles, Westminster Swimmer