Spartans Begin 2010 with Victory at Ursinus
COLLEGEVILLE, PA – The York College men’s swimming team picked up their ninth win of the season Saturday with a 154-108 victory over Ursinus in Collegeville, Pa. The Spartans, who won six events on the day, now stand at 9-1 for the season while the Bears have posted a 5-4 record.
York led off the men’s portion of the meet with a 3:45.89 triumph in the 400 medley relay. AJ Bean (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), Steve Tobin (Estell Manor, N.J./Holy Spirit), Ben Hilt (Mt. Joy, Pa./Hempfield), and Mike Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J./Colts Neck) combined their efforts to give the Spartans the lead-off win.
Tobin would pick up an individual victory, one of York’s five against Ursinus, in the 100 breaststroke as he touched the wall at 1:04.73.
Will McLennan (Sparks, Md./Calvert Hall) and Jack Gottschalk (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) garnered their own victories in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, respectively. McLennan’s 22.99 gave the Spartans first-place points in the 50 before Gottschalk clocked in at 50.56 to take the 100. Gottschalk’s time was only a mere two-hundredths of a second off of his top 100 pace of the season. Murphy would finish second in the 100 at Ursinus, touching in a mere three-hundredths behind Gottschalk.
In the 200 breaststroke, Steve Yeager (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and Steve Mercer (Rockville, Md./The Heights School) finished 1-2, giving the Green and White 13 points. Yeager’s 2:21.03 proved the Spartans’ second-best time of the season, behind only his own 2:18.74 set back on November 6, 2009. Mercer tallied a 2:23.71, shattering his previous best this season by over a second and a half.
Mercer would go on to capture the victory in the 200 IM, besting the rest of the field with a 2:06.46. That time proved to be York’s third-best 200 IM time of the 2009-10 season as well as Mercer’s second-fastest mark. Andrew Demarest (Galloway, N.J./Abesegami) took the runner-up spot in the event with a 2:09.77.
Prior to Mercer’s victory in the 200 IM, fellow rookie Andy Woods (York, Pa./Dover Area) garnered a 56.28 triumph in the 100 butterfly – his second-best mark of the year.
Aside from their six victories, the Spartans also picked up a total of ten runner-up spots. Yeager’s 10:51.54 in the 1,000 freestyle, York’s third-fastest time this season, equaled second-place points for the Spartans.
Murphy collected a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:52.42) as he touched the wall just before Alex Diehl (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) clocked in at 1:52.45.
Before his 100 butterfly win, Woods took second in the 100 backstroke tallying a 58.22. Senior Clark Arnold (York, Pa./Northeastern) grabbed a second-place finish of his own in the 200 butterfly as he touched in at 2:10.01.
Bean took second in a pair of events. The junior posted a 2:02.01 in the 200 backstroke, both his and York’s second-best time of the year. Later, Bean registered a 5:15.44 in the 500 freestyle.
The Spartan 400 freestyle relay team of Hilt, McLennan, Gottschalk, and Murphy, turned in York’s final second-place mark. The crew managed a 3:26.10 in the final race of the day.
York is back in action on Saturday, January 23, as they return the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center to celebrate “Senior Day.” The Spartans host Frostburg University next Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. dual meet.
Andy Woods photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)