February 16, 2008


GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's swimming and diving team captured its first Presidents' Athletic Conference title since 2004 as the Wolverines won the team title at the Grove City Invitational/PAC Championships Saturday night in the Grove City College Pool. Grove City accumulated 912 team points in the three-day event to earn the team title. Westminster finished second with 898 points.

The Wolverines clinched the title by winning the meet-ending 400 free relay Saturday night. Junior Drew Snyder (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley), freshman Cam Coppelli (Guys Mills, Pa./Saegertown), junior Peter Larsen (Federal Way, Wash./Tacoma Baptist) and junior Tim Whitbeck (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown) recorded an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3 minutes, 6.71 seconds.

Whitbeck also won the 100 free Saturday night in 45.31 seconds. He also won the 100 backstroke and 50 free during the Championships and earned conference MVP honors. Whitbeck also shared the Invitational's High Point Award with Washington & Jefferson's Brandon Smith.

Senior Joe Riddell (Osny, France/Paul-Emil Victor) won 1-meter diving with 420.65 points while sophomore Kyle Grubbs (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) took second with 378.30 points.

Larsen added a second-place finish in the 100 free with a provisional qualifying time of 46.17 seconds. Coppelli took second in the 200 backstroke in 1:57.36. Senior Nick Barker (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County) took third in the 200 butterfly (1:59.19) while senior Jeremy Harbaugh (South Park, Pa./South Park) placed third in the 1650 with a time of 16:48.08.

Sophomore Richard Albertson (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) added a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke (1:58.94) and a fourth-place arrival in the 200 butterfly (1:59.74).

Sophomore Lincoln Larsen (Federal Way, Wash./Tacoma Baptist) touched fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:11.95 while freshman Nate Nielsen (Houston, Texas/Lutheran South) finished fifth in the 1650 (17:10.87). Sophomore diver Arne Ulbrich (Bremen, Germany/Gymnasium Vegesack) placed fifth on the 1-meter board with 214.90 points.

Head coach Dave Fritz earned the conference's Coach of the Year award, along with the Invitational's Coach of the Year honor.

It is Grove City's 13th all-time Presidents' Athletic Conference title. It is the program's 21st overall conference title as the Wolverines also won eight Penn-Ohio Championships between 1954 and 1968.


Men's Final Team Scores
  1. Grove City College                  912   2. Westminster College                 898
  3. Washington & Jefferson              463   4. Penn State Behrend                  325
  5. Saint Vincent College               264   6. Penn State Altoona                  172
  7. Univ. of Pitt-Bradford              112   8. Frostburg State                     107
                                               9. Bethany College                      77

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