February 18, 2008

Fulcher Named the Spartan Athlete of the Week

YORK, PA-York College is proud to announce that swimmer Steven Fulcher has been named the Spartan Athlete of the Week for the week of February 11-17, 2008.

Fulcher, a senior from Columbia, MD and Calvert Hall High School, led the Spartans to a second place finish at the 2008 Capital Athletic Conference championships in St. Mary’s City, MD this past weekend. The Spartans finished with 606 points as they finished as the runner-up for the second consecutive year.

Fulcher’s weekend began Friday night with a win in the 50 free as he touched the wall in a time of 21.32 to earn the first-team All-CAC honor. Fulcher’s time set a new school record for YCP. Fulcher was then a part of the winning 400 medley relay team as he combined with Steve Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit), Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern), and Matthew Jennings (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) to post a school record time of 3:34.26. He was also a member of the second place 200 free relay team that posted a time of 3:34.26.

On Saturday, Fulcher won the 100 backstroke in a school and meet record time of 52.8. That time narrowly missed an NCAA provisional cut for the national championship meet. Fulcher then teamed with Jennings, Tobin, and Arnold to win the 200 medley relay in a school record time of 1:35.70.

Sunday, Fulcher picked up a second place finish in the 200 backstroke as he traversed the pool in a school-record time of 1:55.48. Fulcher then combined with Jennings, Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield), and Michael Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) to closed out the championships in grand style with a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The foursome combined to post a time of 3:11.45.

Fulcher captured the highest honor at the meet as he earned the 2008 CAC Male Swimmer-of-the-Year. At the championships, Fulcher earned two individual wins (50 free and 100 backstroke), an individual second (200 backstroke) and was a member of three relay wins. He is the first swimmer in school history to earn the conference swimmer of the year award. The award caps a career that saw him start as the 2004-05 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year.

Spartan head coach Gina McHenry was proud of her senior standout’s performance.

“This weekend was a great finish to his college swimming career,” says McHenry. “He won two individual events, set a meet record in one event, set school records in all of his individual events, was a member of three winning relays and one second place relay.  Without a doubt, he was the swimmer of the meet.”

The Spartans finished the dual meet season with a mark of 9-2. During Fulcher’s four years in the Spartan green and white, York finished with a dual meet mark of 34-5 and a pair of CAC runner-up finishes.

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