Margaret Whitbeck Mahan '04
Peggy Whitbeck cemented her place as one of NCAA Division III's most decorated swimmers ever when she won three national titles in the 200-yard butterfly during her collegiate career.
As a sophomore in 2002, Whitbeck became the first Grove City swimmer to capture a national title when she captured first place in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Championships in Oxford, Ohio.
A native of Saegertown, Pa., Whitbeck posted a meet-record time of 2:03.03 in winning the title. She also placed fifth in the 100 butterfly at the 2002 NCAA meet. The next year, she set a new Division III record in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.84 at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships in Grove City.
Whitbeck then successfully defended her national title in Atlanta by recording a victorious time of 2:02.02 at the NCAA Championships. She also placed third in the 100 butterfly, earning All-America distinction in that event.
As a senior, Whitbeck entered the finals as the third seed in the 200 butterfly but won the national championship with a winning time of 2:02.86 in St. Peters, Mo. She added a sixth-place finish in the 100 fly, concluding her career as an eight-time NCAA All-American.
Whitbeck first emerged on the national scene as a freshman in 2001, when she placed second in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Championships in Buffalo. She also took fourth in the 100 butterfly.
She earned Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer honors in each of her four seasons while competing for head coach Cathy Jacobs. As a senior, Whitbeck captured CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
She closed her Grove City career by earning the College's Sportswoman of the Year award for the 2003-04 academic year. Whitbeck graduated with a bachelor's degree in music education.