January 17, 2009

Grove City tops W&J to clinch 58th straight winning season

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Grove City College men’s swimming and diving team clinched its 58th consecutive winning season Saturday afternoon by earning a 156-137 victory over host Washington & Jefferson in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference dual meet at the Henry Memorial Center. Grove City is now 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Senior Caleb Courage (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg) and junior Lincoln Larsen (Federal Way, Wash./Tacoma Baptist) each earned a pair of individual victories for Grove City. Courage won the 50 free in a pool-record time of 21.22 seconds. He then won the 100 free in 47.07.

Larsen swept the breaststroke events. He won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.72, then took the 200 in 2:20.59.

Senior Peter Larsen (Federal Way, Wash./Tacoma Baptist) won the 100 fly in 53.59 while sophomore Cam Coppelli (Guys Mills, Pa./Saegertown) won the 100 backstroke (55.07).

Freshman Ben Bowser (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) took first in the 200 butterfly in 2:01.48 while classmate Kirk Gagliardo (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township) won the 200 free (1:45.26).

Coppelli, sophomore Bennett Keefer (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville), Peter Larsen and senior Tim Whitbeck (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown) opened Saturday’s meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:38.51.

Grove City will host Denison next Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in non-conference action.


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