January 25, 2005

Westminster nips Grove City in PAC meet, 119-118

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Visiting Westminster pulled out a 119-118 win over Grove City Tuesday night in Presidents' Athletic Conference men's swimming and diving competition at the Grove City College Pool.

Grove City (4-2, 2-1 PAC) needed to take the top two spots in the meet-ending 400 free relay, but Westminster (8-1, 3-0 PAC) took second, spoiling Grove City's chance at victory. The Wolverines trailed 115-105 entering the final race.

Freshman Caleb Courage (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg), freshman Jeremy Harbaugh (South Park, Pa./South Park), sophomore Luke Wiedeman (Beltsville, Md./Cedar Brook) and junior Ben Haring (Kenai, Alaska/Kenai Central) closed the meet by winning the 400 free relay in 3:15.25.

Haring joined junior Joel Boerckel (East Moline, Ill./United Township), junior Matt Ziders (Moon Township, Pa./Moon) and sophomore Andrew Gilbert (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) on Grove City's victorious 400 medley relay squad (3:40.20). Haring also won the 50 free in 21.47.

Courage earned a pair of individual wins, taking both the 100 (46.34) and 200 (1:45.83) free races. Gilbert won the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.90.

Freshman Joe Riddell (Osny, France/Paul-Emil Victor) swept the diving events. Riddell won the 1-meter competition with 208.70 points, then took 3-meter diving with 171.40 points.

The Wolverines will meet NCAA Division II Salem International Friday night at California University of Pennsylvania. A win will clinch Grove City's 54th consecutive winning season.


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