Spartans Dominate in Regular-Season Finale

FROSTBURG, MD – The York College men’s swim team captured a commanding 215-67 victory over Frostburg State University Saturday afternoon in Frostburg. The Spartans complete their regular season slate with a stellar 10-1 mark while the Bobcats fall to 1-9.
    The Green and White swept all 14 events on the day and took second in 13-of-14 races.
    A pair of Spartans won two individual races as Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and Steven Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit) each garnered two individual first-place finishes. Yeager secured the 800 freestyle in 9:18.91 before taking the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:37.50. Tobin nabbed his 18 points by touching the wall at 1:12.44 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:24.20 in the 200 IM.
    The 200 butterfly belonged to Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern) as the junior took the event in 2:24.13. He followed up that winning performance with a second-place finish in the 200 IM, coming in with a time of 2:24.87.
    As with Arnold, AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) and Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield) captured both a win and a runner-up result in their respective events. Bean touched the wall first in the 200 backstroke at 2:17.94 and came in second in the 100 butterfly with a 1:04.52 time. Hilt edged Bean in the 100 butterfly to take first with a time of 1:02.84. The sophomore nabbed his second-place finish in the 100 backstroke earlier in the day.
    Five more Spartans took first-place honors in individual races. Garrett Higgins (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) added nine points to York’s total, touching the wall first in the 200 freestyle at 2:06.04, a mere four-hundredths of a second in front of teammate Brian Shaffer (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) who came in second. Chris Schleicher (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) grabbed the 100 backstroke, clocking a 1:05.96 while Matt Jennings (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.11. Mike Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) and Jack Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) secured two more firsts for the Spartans in the 100 and 400 freestyle races. Murphy’s 56.16 in the 100 secured first-place points and Gottschalk’s 4:25.82 took the victory in the 400.
    Justin Murphy (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) nabbed two second-place finishes in the 800 freestyle and 200 backstroke respectively. Murphy landed a second in the 800 with a time of 9:57.78, while he touched the wall a 2:27.34 in the 200 back. Alex Diehl’s (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) 1:17.43 in the 100 breaststroke resulted in second-place points as did his 4:36.67 time in the 400 freestyle.
    Adam Willier (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area), Andrew Demarest (Galloway, N.J./Abesegami), and Jamie Hicks (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) added runner-up points for the Spartans in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 breaststroke, respectively. Willier clocked a 26.45 in the 50, while Demarest touched the wall at 56.68 in the 100. Hicks took second by way of a 2:41.61 in the 200 breaststroke.
    Both relays belonged to the Spartans as the Green and White took first and second in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle. Jennings, Tobin, Arnold, and Hilt combined for a first-place 1:53.43 in the medley while Demarest Hicks, Richard Janosky (Dover, Pa./Dover), and Yeager timed a second-place 2:01.06. In the meet’s final event, Gottschalk, Shaffer, Higgins, and Jennings teamed-up to take first in the 200 free relay with a 1:43.68 time. Mike Murphy, Bean, Tom DeCoursey (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) and Diehl took second in the event with a time of 1:44.90.
    With the regular season now complete, the Spartans turn their sights to the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. York will travel to St. Mary’s College of Maryland February 13-15 for the championships.


Steven Tobin photo courtesy of Steve Doemland