York Rolls to Opening Meet Win

YORK, PA – The York College men’s swimming team picked up their first win in their first meet of the 2008-2009 season with a convincing 163-33 victory over visiting Hood College in Capital Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon. The Spartans, who took ten of eleven first-place spots at the York College Natatorium, begin the year 1-0 with the CAC win while the Blazers start 0-1.
        Freshman Jonathan Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) made a superb debut for the green and white as he established a new school and pool record in the 1000 yard freestyle covering the distance in 10:15.01.
        Senior Matt Jennings (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) captured two individual victories on the day, picking up his first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.71. Jennings then took first in the 100 backstroke clocking in at 55.63.
        Sophomore Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, PA/Wilson) matched Jennings’ individual wins with a pair of victories in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Yeager touched the wall at 1:51.13 in the 200 before securing first in the 500 with a time of 5:06.51.
        The Spartans would take three more individual wins in the 200 IM, 100 freestyle, and the 100 breaststroke. Andrew Demarest (Galloway, N.J./Abesegami) picked up the 200 IM victory with a time of 2:07.10 while the 100 freestyle belonged to Garrett Higgins (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) who clocked a 50.48 in the event. Steve Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit) took the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall first with a time of 1:04.40.
         York also won two relay events, the 200 IM and the 200 freestyle. AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), Tobin, Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern), and Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield) grabbed the 200 IM while Gottschalk, Demarest, Richard Janosky (Dover, Pa./Dover), and Jennings won the 200 freestyle.
         The Spartans return to the pool on Saturday, November 1, as they travel to Marymount. The green and white, who lost to the Saints last season at the York College Natatorium, square off with Marymount in the CAC tilt at 2:00 pm.