W&J Women 2nd; Men 3rd After First Day of PAC Swimming/Diving Championships
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Senior Bethany Haver’s (Akron, Ohio/Harvey S. Firestone) sixth career conference diving title highlighted Washington & Jefferson College Thursday in the first day of action at the 2012 Presidents’ Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Grove City College.
Haver posted 410.85 points to claim her fourth-straight PAC 1-meter diving championship. She is just the second diver in PAC history to win four consecutive 1-meter titles, joining W&J’s Abby Leslie (2002-2005).
Senior Abbey Woodward (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) placed second behind Haver with 399.95 points.
The W&J women collected 216 points in the first of three days and trail Grove City (268) by 52 points. Westminster is third with 195 points followed by Saint Vincent (108), Chatham (71) and Bethany (43).
Grove City also leads the men’s standings with 249 points, 63 ahead of Westminster (186). W&J is third with 140 points, while Saint Vincent accumulated 94.
Senior Justin Weifenbach (Corapolis, Pa./Montour) made it a clean sweep for the Presidents in the conference diving events by winning the 3-meter men’s diving with 412.40 points. Junior John Szott (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) was the runner-up with 346.85 points.
W&J also recorded three runner-up finishes in the pool starting with the women’s 200 freestyle relay (1:38.57). Seniors C.J. Corcoran (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) and Brittany Vogel (Butler, Pa./Butler) and freshmen Charlotte Lima (Brooklyn, N.Y./Choate Rosemary Hall) and Jessica Sweitzer (Laurel, Md./Seton Keough) comprised the relay.
Lima also swam the opening 100 backstroke leg on the Presidents’ 400 medley relay team which placed third in a time of 3:59.51. Lima posted an opening time of 58.81 which broke the record formerly held by eight-time NCAA Division III champion Kaitlyn Orstein ’08 (59.64).
Vogel also touched second in the 500 freestyle (5:10.37), while Corcoran just missed out on the 50 freestyle title after posting a time of 24.66. Grove City’s Angela Palumbo won the championship with a NCAA “B” Cut time of 23.78.