YORK, PA - The York College Spartans men’s swimming team extended their win streak to eight as they continue on their season record of 8-1 (5-1). Gallaudet and Penn State-Altoona were the latest foes to be handed defeats by the Green and White, 174-29 and 154-48, respectively.
Spartan men accounted for seven of the nine individual victories, and collected first place in both relays on the night. While securing the seven individual wins, no swimmers garnered more than one individual victory.
The night started off strong for the Spartans as they secured the top two positions in the 200 yard Medley Relay. The Green and White relay team of Junior AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./ Urbana), Steve Tobin (Estell Manor, NJ./ Holy Spirit), Clark Arnold (York, Pa./ Northeastern), and Tom DeCoursey (Cherry Hill, NJ./ Cherry Hill West) sped off to a time of 1:41.15.
Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson), another water-logged Spartan, took home first place in the 1,000 yard freestyle event. Yeager won the event by pacing his way to a 10:29.49.
York swept the first three places of the 50 yard freestyle event. Leading the Spartans to victory was Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield) with a time of 22.63. Hilt was followed by Will McLennan (Sparks, Md./ Calvert Hall) and Adam Willier (Pottsville, Pa./ Pottsville Area) to complete the Green and White 1-2-3.
Steve Mercer (Rockville, Md./ The Heights School) took home the top spot in the 200 yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:06.04. Following Mercer was senior Andy Demarest (Galloway, NJ. / Abesegami) with a time of 2:07.88.
One of York’s promising freshman talents earned a victory in the 100 yard butterfly. York county product Andy Woods (York, Pa./ Dover Area) swam to a time of 55.54, just .39 seconds ahead of Arnold.
Sophomore Alex Diehl (Pottstown, Pa./ Owen J. Roberts) was victorious in the 100 yard freestyle event, racing to a win with a time of 51.07 seconds.
Fresh off of a pool record in the 200 backstroke, Bean returned to action in fitting style taking first place in the 100 yard version of the event with a time of 57.02.
Finishing off the individual events for the night was Tobin. In his efforts the Spartan junior recorded a time of 1:03.57 in the 100 yard breaststroke.
The last event of the night ended the way it all began, with another Green and White relay victory. The team of DeCoursey, Arnold, McLennan, and Hilt raced their way to a win in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
The Spartans return to action following an extended winter break with action in Collegeville, Pa against Ursinus. The meet on January 16 is slated for a 1:00 p.m. start time.
Steve Tobin photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)
Meet story written by Garrett Wampler - York College sports information student intern