Spartans Take Tri-Meet in Commanding Fashion

YORK, PA – The York College men’s swimming team picked up a pair of decisive victories Saturday afternoon, 167-37 over Gallaudet and 145.5-55.5 over PSU-Altoona, in tri-meet action from York’s Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. The Spartans improve to a solid 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference action.
     Seven Spartans grabbed individual victories on the afternoon, while picking up seven more second place spots.
     York jumped out to a fast lead, taking first in each of the first four races. After taking the top two places in the 200 medley relay to open the men’s portion of the tri-meet, sophomore Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) began the individual scoring with a win in the 1,000 freestyle. Yeager won the race by clocking in at 10:32.20. Teammate Alex Diehl (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) took second in the event with an 11:04.44.
     Brian Shaffer (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) captured York’s third victory with a win in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall at 1:51.67.
     In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield) stretched the Spartan streak to four straight wins, covering his lane in 22.42. Freshman Richard Janosky (Dover, Pa./Dover) finished just behind Hilt as he turned in a second-place performance with a time of 23.35.
     Spartan sophomore AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) added first-place points to the scoreboard when he won the 100 butterfly in a time of 56.96. Junior Dan Kresser (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) took second in the race by clocking a 58.12.
     A pair of rookies nabbed first and second in the 100 freestyle as Jonathan Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) and Diehl went 1-2 in the race. Gottschalk recorded the top time of 49.40 coming in just ahead of Diehl’s 51.44.
     Junior Andrew Demarest (Galloway, N.J./Abesegami), who came in second in the 200 IM, posted a first-place finish in the 100 back. His time of 1:00.46 tied him with Altoona’s Dan Palermo for first in the event.
     Garrett Higgins (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) grabbed York’s seventh and final individual victory when he secured the 500 freestyle for the green and white clocking in at 5:10.14. Matt Jennings (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) finished just behind Higgins to capture second in the event with a 5:12.58.
     Steven Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit) was the Spartans’ top finisher in the 100 breaststroke. The sophomore took second in the event, clocking in at 1:04.10.
     In similar fashion to how the meet began, the Spartans took the two spots in the 200 freestyle relay. Shaffer, Gottschalk, Hilt, and Jennings teamed up for a first-place finish with a time of 1:30.53. Janosky, Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern), Tom DeCoursey (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), and Higgins secured second for the Spartans traversing their lane in 1:32.24.
     The Spartans now turn their collective attention to Saturday, November 22, when the green and white host Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary’s (Md.). The league tilt is slated for 1:00 pm.



Photo courtesy of Steve Doemland