Mary Washington Downs Spartans in CAC Swimming Action

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College men’s swimming team fell 175-87 to the University of Mary Washington Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action. The Spartans receive their first defeat of the year and drop to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the CAC while the Eagles improve to 3-1 and 3-0 in league play.
     The Spartans opened the meet strong as Matt Jennings (Fairfax, Va./Robinson), Steven Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit), Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern), and Jonathan Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) combined to capture the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:43.88. However, a very talented Mary Washington squad overwhelmed the green and white to take the decisive team victory.
     Gottschalk put on the best performance of the meet for the Spartans capturing an individual victory and two individual second place finishes to go along with the relay win. The freshman took the 500 freestyle event, clocking in at 4:55.10, as he provided York with the green and white’s only individual win of the day. Gottschalk grabbed second in both the 1000 freestyle and 400 IM events with times of 10:29.80 and 4:31.92, respectively.
     Jennings secured a second and a third-place finish for the Spartans. The senior recorded second in the 100 backstroke touching the wall at 55.71 before taking third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.10.
     AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) touched in second for the Spartans in the 200 backstroke, swimming to a time of 2:05.58. James Hicks (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) gave York another second-place spot when he clocked a 2:23.52 in the 200 breaststroke.
     The 200 relay team of Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield), Brian Shaffer (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), Richard Janosky (Dover, Pa./Dover), and Garrett Higgins (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) gave York their final second-place finish with a 1:30.72 in the event.
     Higgins tallied a pair of third-place individual finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyle races. In the 100, Higgins timed a 50.73 while touching the wall at 1:51.92 in the 200.
     Hilt notched an individual third in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall at 57.72. Arnold secured third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.72. Freshman Alex Diehl (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) also grabbed a third spot with a 1:04.88 in the 100 breaststroke.
     The Spartans will look to return to their winning ways on Saturday, November 15, when they host a tri-meet with PSU-Altoona and CAC foe Gallaudet. The action is slated to begin at 1:00 pm.


Steven Tobin photo courtesy of Steve Doemland