Gateway, Westminster grad named to PAC anniversary swim team
Gateway High School and Westminster College graduate Conor Simpson recently was honored with inclusion on the Presidents Athletic Conference 60th anniversary celebratory men’s swim team.
Simpson, one of 60 swimmers to be recognized on the list, was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American.
He won five individual PAC titles in the 500 free (2009), the 100 fly (2006-07), and the 200 fly (2006, 2009).
Simpson also was a member of three relay squads that won PAC titles: the 400 medley (2007) and the 800 free (2006 and 2008).
He ranks second in school history in the 500 free (4:39.37), second in the 200 fly (1:53.63) and fifth in the 100 fly (51.21).
Simpson also was a member of the 800 free relay that holds the school record with a time of 6:57.42.
He was a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American in 2007, 2008 and 2009, a four-time PAC Academic Honor Roll honoree (2006-09) and was a three-time Academic All-District recipient (2007-09).
Simpson received Westminster’s Gene Nicholson Swimmer and Diver Scholar Award in 2008 and 2009.
The Presidents Athletic Conference, formally organized in 1955 by charter members Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University, John Carroll University and Wayne State University, is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout the 2014-15 academic year.
The PAC will be recognizing standout student-athletes who have competed as members of both present and past league-affiliated institutions in 19 championship sports.
Sixteen of the PAC’s past and present members are participating in the yearlong celebration project.
All 10 of the PAC’s current members were automatically included, while past league members must have had at least a 10-year affiliation with the conference to participate.
Both past and present PAC members receive “automatic” selections on the 60th anniversary teams based on the institution’s membership time. Each school also had the opportunity to nominate a limited number of additional “at-large” student-athletes for consideration.
Sport-specific advisory committees, made up of five to six past and present PAC coaches and administrators, determine additional “at-large” student-athletes to be recognized in order to reach 60 student-athletes on each celebratory team.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].