January 19, 2008

Wolverines down W&J

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's swimming and diving team improved to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Saturday afternoon with a 180-95 victory over visiting Washington & Jefferson at the Grove City College Pool.

Three Grove City swimmers each picked up a pair of wins, helping the Wolverines win 14 of the 16 events. Junior Tim Whitbeck (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown) won the 50 free in 20.85 seconds, then earned a win in the 100 free (47.12). Sophomore Lincoln Larsen (Federal Way, Wash./Tacoma Baptist) touched first in both the 100 (1:02.16) and 200 breaststroke (2:16.51) races.

Meanwhile, freshman Cam Coppelli (Guys Mills, Pa./Saegertown) swept the backstroke. Coppelli won the 100 back in 55.64 seconds, then won the 200 backstroke in 2:01.98.

Senior Jeremy Harbaugh (South Park, Pa./South Park) won the 1000 in 10:24.87 while sophomore Rich Albertson (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) won the 200 fly in 2:02.49. Junior Peter Larsen (Federal Way, Wash./Tacoma Baptist) took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.19.

Lincoln Larsen, Peter Larsen, sophomore Tucker Gregg (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) and freshman Matt Leonard (Lake City, Fla./Homeschooled) opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:40.10. Coppelli, Harbaugh, Whitbeck and junior Drew Snyder (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) capped the win by taking the 400 free relay in a time of 3:19.59.

The Wolverines also swept both diving events Saturday. Senior Joe Riddell (Osny, France/Paul-Emil Victor) won 1-meter diving with 239.45 points while sophomore Kyle Grubbs (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) won 3-meter diving with 212.50 points.

During the meet, Grove City inducted former standouts David McClintic '65, Chuck Stadler '65, and Keith Bennett '85 into its Men's Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. They are the 34th, 35th and 36th members of the Hall.

Grove City will visit archrival Westminster Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in a PAC dual meet.


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