YORK, PA - The York College men’s swimming team posted a seven overall individual wins Friday evening at the Spartans’ Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. Those seven victories provided the Green and White with a 159-46 triumph over Capital Athletic Conference foe Salisbury and a 141-61 besting of former league squad Goucher.
York’s 200 freestyle relay team highlighted Friday’s meet by closing it out with a new pool record. Tom DeCoursey (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), Jack Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston), Will McLennan (Sparks, Md./Calvert Hall), and Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield) combined for a pool-best 1:29.41, breaking the previous mark of 1:29.72 established in 2007.
Before their respective performances in the 200 free relay, Gottschalk and Hilt each nabbed individual wins. Gottschalk captured the 1,000 freestyle, his second victory in as many tries this season, turning in a 10:46.50 to outpace the field by just over 12 seconds.
Hilt’s win came in the 50 freestyle as he traversed his lane in a mere 22.53. The junior posted his best time of the 2009-2010 campaign, improving on this year’s previous best by two-tenths of a second.
Andrew Demarest’s (Galloway, N.J./Abesegami) 2:06.00 in the 200 IM provided the Spartan senior with first-place points and York’s third win in the first five events.
Classmate Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern) made it four wins in six events as he backed-up Demarest’s victory with one of his own in the 100 butterfly. Arnold secured the win with a 55.69 in the event, his second 100 butterfly triumph this year.
York’s outstanding senior class made it three straight victories as senior Mike Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) collected the Spartan victory in the 100 freestyle. One of the CAC’s best in the 100 free, Murphy touched in at 49.96 to record his second-best time this season.
Steven Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit) picked up York’s final individual win, grabbing first-place points with a 1:03.88 in the 100 breaststroke. That time ties his best mark of the season.
The Green and White also recorded six overall second-place finishes, including both relay events. The 200 medley squad of AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), Tobin, Arnold, and Gottschalk clocked in at 1:41.16 while the 200 free team of Brian Shaffer (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), Tyler Ziegler (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area Senior), Andy Woods (York, Pa./Dover Area), and Demarest notched a 1:32.69.
Bean also took an individual second in the 100 backstroke with a 56.63.
Junior Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) grabbed second-place points in the 200 freestyle (1:51.77) as did freshman Steve Mercer (Rockville, Md./The Heights School) in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.74).
In the 500 free, sophomore Richard Janosky (Dover, Pa./Dover) tabbed a 5:18.41 for second while Murphy followed just behind with a 5:18.90. Janosky also took third in the 100 butterfly (57.30) while Matt Kempel (Millington, Md./Queen Anne's County) took third in the 1,000 freestyle (11:11.68).
The Spartans return to action next week with a busy back-to-back schedule. On Friday, December 11, the Green and White host Elizabethtown in a 6:00 p.m. tilt. York then has a quick turnaround as they welcome CAC foe Gallaudet and Penn-State Altoona on Saturday, December 12, in a 1:00 p.m. tri-meet.
Mike Murphy photo courtesy of Brent Duffy