January 30, 2014
Wolverines' comeback bid falls short at Westminster
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Grove City College men's swimming and diving rallied from a 44-point deficit to have a chance to win but the Wolverines came up just short, falling to Presidents' Athletic Conference rival Westminster 156-141 on Thursday night at the Westminster Natatorium.
Freshman Jeremy Kim (Frederick, Md./New Life Christian) led Grove City (4-8, 2-1 PAC) by winning all three of his individual events while junior Richie Klimek (Oakdale, Pa./South Fayette) swept the diving events.
Senior Louis Gabriele (Mahwah, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and freshman Drew Nosbisch (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) each added individual victories.
Kim posted the first two victories of the day for the Wolverines, taking the 1000 freestyle in 10:09.45 and the 200 butterfly in 1:59.03. However, following a win by Klimek in the 3-meter diving competition (231.70), it was Kim's third win that started the Grove City comeback.
Trailing 124-80 through 11 events, Kim led the Wolverines to a 1-3-5 finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.53. Gabriele followed by winning the 100 butterfly (54.48) while junior Ben Satre (Hockessin, Del./Homeschooled) placed second (55.70).
Klimek took the 1-meter diving competition with 216.40 points to lead a 1-3-4 Grove City finish before Nosbisch came from behind to out-touch the Titans' Dan Pletz for the victory as part of a 1-3-4 showing in the 200 individual medley (2:00.69).
The Wolverines trailed by just ten (145-135) heading into the final event- the 400 freestyle relay- but Westminster's "A" squad was able to pull away for the event victory to secure the meet win.
Grove City will take part in two different meets on Saturday, splitting their squad to travel to both the University of Pittsburgh Quad Meet and PAC-foe Bethany. Both meets are set to start at 1 p.m.
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