14: SIX-PEAT- Wolverine women take PAC Swimming & Diving title for
It may have been a little closer than they would have liked, but the
Grove City College women's swimming and diving team did enough to roll
to the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference championship- their
sixth-straight and 12th overall- at the James E. Longnecker Competition
pool from February 13-15.
While the Wolverines knew that the final margin would likely be a bit
closer than their 151-point domination the year before, a late-season
155-133 victory at rival Westminster led most to view Grove City as a
solid favorite heading into the 2014 championships.
However, with a few results going the wrong way, the Wolverines found
themselves leading the Titans by just 11 points after day one of
competiton and just 14 points after the second day.
Westminster's depth in both the 1650 and the 200 backstroke allowed the
Titans to take an 18-point lead through 15 of 20 completed events, but
dominant showings in the 100 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke put the
Wolverines on top to stay.
Grove City won four of the five relays (200 medley, 400 medley, 800 free
and 400 free) and titles in 10 of 13 individual swimming events, led by
three each from Megan Bilko (500 free, 400 IM, 1650 free) and Lauren
Cassano (200 IM, 100 back, 200 back). Tori Baker won a pair of titles in
both the 100 free and 200 free while Kaley Hess (100) and Keegan Reed
(200) combined for a Grove City sweep of the breaststroke events.
Bilko was named the PAC MVP after achieving NCAA "B" qualifying times in
each of her three events. She and fellow women's 800 freestyle relay
members Baker, Cassano and Abby Jank would all go on to represent the
Wolverines at the NCAA Division III Championships.
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