Dec. 8, 2008

Courtesy of Westminster

WOOSTER, Ohio - Freshman Caitlin Lehberger (New Wilmington,
Pa./Wilmington) broke a school record and won three events for the Westminster College women's swimming team at the Wooster Invitational over the weekend. The Titan women placed fifth out of 11 teams with 932 points and the Titan men placed third out of 11 teams with 1,244 points.
In the combined team standings, Westminster placed second out of 11 schools with 2,176 points.

Lehberger won the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday with a school-record time of 1:06.50, breaking Stefanie King's mark of 1:06.88 at the 2000 NCAA Division II Championships. Lehberger's time in the 100 breaststroke is also an NCAA Division III "B cut" provisional qualifying time.
Lehberger took two other events including the 200 IM (2:09.66) and the 400 medley relay (4:03.29) on Thursday.

Senior Megan Mier (Copley, Ohio/Revere) also won three events as she swam a leg of the 400 medley relay before winning the 100 backstroke
(1:00.36) on Friday and the 200 backstroke (2:10.23) on Saturday.

Other members of Westminster's winning 400 medley relay team were junior Emily Dressler (Hummelstown, Pa./Mount Calvary Christian) and junior Natalie Rambish (Erie, Pa./Fairview). Dressler also posted a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle and a fifth-place mark in the 200 freestyle.

The Titan men captured two relay events on the Saturday, the 400 freestyle relay (3:09.53) and the 400 medley relay (3:43.12).

Sophomore Aaron Whisman (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Akron Firestone) and senior Stephen Burns (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) swam on both of the winning relay teams. Junior Brett Gerthoffer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler) and freshman Mike Barringer (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) swam on the 400 freestyle relay team, while senior Chris Lehberger (New Wilmington,
Pa./Wilmington) and sophomore John Thiessen (Navarre, Ohio/Massillon
Perry) helped out on the 400 medley relay team.

Whisman also placed fourth in the 40 freestyle, while Chris Lehberger touched fourth in the 200 breaststroke and Gerthoffer finished fourth in the 200 freestyle. There were two Top 3 individual finishers for the Titans in senior Zac Gebhardt (Monroeville, Pa./Shaler) taking third in the 1650 freestyle and senior Conor Simpson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) touching second in the 200 butterfly.
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Westminster returns to action Jan. 7 when it travels to Rollins in Tampa, Fla., for a triangular meet with Gordon of Massachusetts.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked 15th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly 2007 Annual College Guide.
Westminster is a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania.
Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 368 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and was recognized by the Templeton Guide as a "Character Building College."

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus.