YORK, PA – The York College men’s swimming team picked up their sixth victory of the year Friday evening as they ran away with a 185-36 result over visiting Elizabethtown College. The Spartans, who now stand at 6-1 on the season, recorded the top two times in each race to down the Blue Jays (3-4).
Junior AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) highlighted the Spartan efforts by establishing a new pool record in the 200 backstroke. Bean swam to a record-setting 2:01.08, topping the 2007 mark of since-graduated Steve Fulcher by 0.11, as he also shaved nearly two seconds off his seed time.
Jamie Hicks (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) cut his seed time by over two seconds in the 500 freestyle event, while also winning the race by clocking in with a solid 5:18.06.
In keeping with the seed-time cuts, Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield) topped the field in the 100 butterfly with a 54.46, dropping over a full second.
Despite going off as exhibition, Steve Mercer (Rockville, Md./The Heights School) slashed nearly seven seconds off his 400 IM seed time, coming in on Friday with a 4:28.79. Sophomore Jack Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) also dropped time in the event, over two seconds, with a 4:29.20.
The Green and White spread the wealth Friday evening, as no Spartan won more than one individual race.
Matt Kempel (Millington, Md./Queen Anne’s County) secured the 1,000 free with an 11:07.29, while Alex Diehl (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) notched a 1:52.81 for his win in the 200 freestyle.
Andy Woods (York, Pa./Dover Area) took the 100 backstroke with a 58.27, edging Hilt by less than two-tenths of a second.
Tyler Ziegler (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area Senior) touched in a 1:07.05 in the 100 breaststroke topping teammate Adam Willier’s (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) 1:07.28.
The 200 butterfly belonged to senior Andrew Demarest’s (Galloway, N.J./Abesegami) 2:07.59 while classmate Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern) chimed in with a 2:09.08 for second.
In the 50 free, junior Tom DeCoursey (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) hammered out the win with a 22.75, touching just before Will McLennan’s (Sparks, Md./Calvert Hall) 22.87.
Richard Janosky (Dover, Pa./Dover) and Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) also picked up victories for the Spartans in their respective events. Janosky placed first in the 100 free with a 50.91 while Yeager nabbed the top spot in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:19.58.
Justin Murphy (Mechanicsville, Va./Lee-Davis) secured a pair of second-place finishes for the Spartans as he manned the runner-up spot in the 1,000 free (11:25.21) and the 200 backstroke (2:12.67). Brian Shaffer (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) took second in the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 1:54.00.
The Green and White also swam to top times in both the 400 medley relay (3:45.43) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:23.49).
The Spartans must rest-up quickly as they return to action on Saturday, December 12, in a 1:00 p.m. double-dual meet. The Green and White welcome Penn State-Altoona and Capital Athletic Conference foe Gallaudet to the Grumbacher for the three-team contest.
AJ Bean photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)