February 18, 2012

Wolverines earn 5th straight title

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's swimming and diving team captured its fifth consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title Saturday night by concluding the three-day James E. Longnecker Invitational/PAC Championships with 850 team points. Grove City finished with a 139-point margin of victory over runner-up Westminster.

Four Wolverines swimmers helped punctuate the conference title by recording individual wins. Senior Ben Bowser (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) captured the 200 butterfly title in a pool- and school-record time of 1 minute, 52.04 seconds. Bowser earned the Invitational's Swimmer of the Meet and the conference's Most Valuable Performer award for his performance over the three-day event.

Senior Kirk Gagliardo (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) won the 100 free in 45.65 while sophomore Louis Gabriele (Mahwah, N.J./Don Bosco) won the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.11.

Sophomore Dave Bossert (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) opened Saturday night's session by winning the 1650 in 16:40.84.

Sophomore C.P. Dehli (Moneta, Va./Staunton River), senior Nick Hamilton (Crescent, Pa./Moon), junior Eric Fairchild (Corry, Pa./Corry) and Gagliardo concluded the meet by winning the 400 free relay in a pool- and meet-record time of 3:04.95.

Fairchild earned second in the 100 free (46.39) while senior Clay Beckner (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) captured runner-up in the 200 breaststroke (2:08.45). Senior Josh Kim (Frederick, Md./New Life Christian) placed third in the 1650 (16:58.65).

Freshman Jim Bossert (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) earned fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:56.61) while Hamilton placed fourth in the 100 free (47.76). Freshman Ben Satre (Hockessin, Del./Homeschooled) took fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.25.

Kim posted the third-fastest time of the night in the 200 fly (1:55.51) in winning the consolation heat.

Sophomore E.J. Leuschner (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian) placed fifth in the 1650 with a 17:09.13 clocking and Dehli earned fifth in the 100 free (47.91).

Freshman Richie Klimek (Oakdale, Pa./South Fayette) took fifth in 1-meter diving with 311.70 points.

Head coach Dave Fritz earned the conference's Coach of the Year award. Grove City has won 25 overall conference titles, including 17 Presidents' Athletic Conference crowns. Grove City won eight Penn-Ohio Conference titles between 1955 and 1968.

Men - Team Rankings              
1. Grove City College                  850   2. Westminster College                 711
3. Penn State Behrend                  570   4. Washington & Jefferson College      451
5. Saint Vincent College               295   6. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford      228
7. Cabrini College                     103   8. Penn State Altoona                   27
9. Bethany College                       0


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