ST. MARY'S CITY, MD – The 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships closed out Sunday evening as the York College men’s squad posted their fourth straight second-place overall finish. The Green and White tallied 664 points over the three-day event.
The Spartans’ best individual performance came from the tremendous backstroke of AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) as last night’s 100 victor nabbed third in tonight’s 200 event. The talented junior posted a 1:58.43 to secure his second individual medal of the Championships.
In the lone relay on the evening of day three, the Green and White claimed second the 400 freestyle with a solid 3:14.09. Tom DeCoursey (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), who had nothing short of a superb Championships, led off the Green and White before sophomore Jack Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Forest Hill) pulled off York’s best split time of 48.27 in the second leg. Alex Diehl (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) recorded a quality third 100 while Mike Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) anchored the silver-winning crew.
Earlier in the day, during preliminaries, Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) trounced the previous Spartan record in the 200 breaststroke. Yeager, who would be the top seed in the evening finals, posted an exceptional 2:14.48, besting the previous mark of 2:16.71 set by current teammate Steve Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit) in 2009. Yeager would go on to take sixth in the finals with a 2:17.02.
In the 1,650 freestyle, the lead-off event for the Sunday evening finals, Gottschalk got off to a tremendous start as he led the pack early in the race. The second-year Spartan would go on to capture fourth in the event finishing with a 17:00.87. Fellow distance freestylers Matt Kempel (Millington, Md./Queen Anne’s County) and Diehl took ninth and 16th respectively in the timed finals event.
York flooded the 100 freestyle as six Spartans placed among the race’s top-16. Diehl, in addition to his distance freestyle ability, displayed his sprint skills once again in a 100 notching the Green and White’s top finish – 5th – with a 48.85. DeCoursey nabbed sixth with a 48.96 while Gottschalk finished in eighth with a 49.18. In the consolation finals, Murphy led seeds 9-16 with a 49.04 to take ninth while Will McLennan (Sparks, Md./Calvert Hall) and Richard Janosky (Dover, Pa./Dover) came in 12th and 14th respectively.
Joining Yeager on the medal stand in the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Jamie Hicks (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) posted an eighth-place time with a 2:20.23. In the consolations, the aforementioned Tobin bested seeds 9-16 with a 2:20.11 to secure ninth.
In his final collegiate race, senior Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern) registered a 2:03.46 in the 200 butterfly as he took eighth in the event. Fellow senior Dan Kresser (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional), who had a terrific weekend, picked up a consolation victory with a 2:06.51 to finish ninth overall. Kresser’s time would prove just enough to best teammate and classmate Andy Demarest’s (Galloway, N.J./Abesegami) 2:06.80.
In his first CAC Championships, freshman Andy Woods (York, Pa./Dover Area) took the consolation heat of the 200 backstroke with a 2:06.91 to secure ninth while Chris Schleicher (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) turned in a 2:07.18 to nab second.
For the Championships, York’s runner-up finish came via Mary Washington as the Eagles, who won their 10th – straight CAC crown, put up 984 points. Third-place St. Mary’s took third by a mere point (390) over Salisbury (389).
With the CAC Championships now complete, the Spartans bid farewell to their seven seniors – Arnold, Demarest, Kresser, Murphy, Colin Brown (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial), Justin Murphy (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis), and Adam Willier (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area). This group, which spent each of their four seasons in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center Natatorium, helped the Green and White to a tremendous 38-4 record, including a flawless 18-0 in non-conference action.
Photo: The 400 freestyle relay squad of Mike Murphy, Alex Diehl, Tom DeCoursey, and Jack Gottschalk claimed second in the final race of the 2010 CAC Championships