W&J Men Claim Third Place At 2011 PAC Championships
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson College women claimed second place, while the men's squad placed third at the 2011 Presidents' Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships following the final day of action Saturday at Grove City College.
Grove City claimed both men's and women's titles for a third consecutive season. The Wolverine men amassed 948 points, while the GCC women racked up 889.
W&J was second in the women's standings with 651 points, while Westminster (576), Saint Vincent (390), Chatham (272) and Bethany (58) rounded out the standings. Westminster (654) captured second in the men's standings followed by W&J (472), Saint Vincent (227) and Bethany (128).
The Presidents completed the sweep in the diving events Saturday as junior Bethany Haver (Akron, Ohio/Harvey S. Firestone) picked up her fifth PAC diving championship and her third-straight on the 1-meter board with 403.70 points. Junior Abbey Woodward (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) was close behind in second place with 341.55 points.
Junior Justin Weifenbach (Coraopolis, Pa./Montour) claimed his second diving championship of the weekend after notching the 3-meter title with 409.40 points. Sophomore John Szott (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) was second with 332.45 points.
The W&J women had four runner-up finishes in the final day. Freshman Isabella Diaz (Walnut Creek, Calif./Las Lomas) was second in the 1650 freestyle (18:28.55), while sophomore Katlin Dagg (Mentor, Ohio/Hawken) claimed runner-up laurels in the 200 butterfly (2:08.92). Junior Brittany Vogel (Butler, Pa./Butler) was second in the 200 backstroke (2:11.18) and led the 400 freestyle relay to a time of 3:38.75 which also was second.
Senior Christian Larson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills) wrapped up his standout career with a fourth-place finish in the 100 freestyle (47.41), while junior Andy Rish (North East, Pa./Cathedral Prep) notched the same place in the 200 backstroke (1:57.14). Junior Jonathan Weeks (Donora, Pa./Ringgold) was fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:57.50).
All three men's swimmers joined with senior Brandon Smith (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny) on the 400 freestyle relay which ended the meet with a fourth-place showing in a time of 3:11.21. The relay missed out on the school record by three-hundredths of a second.