Spartans Split Home Opener; Drop First Non-Conference Tilt Since 2002
YORK, Pa. – The York College men's swimming squad opened up their 2010-2011 home slate on Saturday, garnering a split with Capital Athletic Conference foe Marymount and schedule-newcomer Washington & Jefferson. The Spartans bested Marymount 93-29 but fell to W&J by an ever-so-slight 63-59 margin.
York's loss to Washington & Jefferson serves as the Green and White's first non-conference loss since the 2002-2003 season. The Spartans' last dropped an out-of-conference meet to Dickinson back on December 4, 2002, falling 141-64. Since that time, York had registered 30 straight victories against non-conference opponents.
Despite the disappointing loss, the Spartans did post several quality results in the down-to-the-wire meet.
Overall, the Green and White notched eight victories throughout the tri-meet, including seven individual triumphs.
Each of those four would go on to tally individual wins. Woods snagged the triumph in the 100 butterfly (55.31) while Tobin secured his victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.52).
In the 50 free, Hilt took first with a 22.12 while Gottschalk clocked a winning time of 5:06.67 in the 500 freestyle.
AJ Bean picked up his second 200 backstroke win of the year, as he took first in his signature event. The senior clocked in at 2:03.06. Fellow senior Steve Yeager snagged a victory in the 200 breaststroke as he swam to a 2:22.16.
York's eighth and final win of the day came from sophomore Steven Mercer. The second-year Spartan notched his first-place finish in the 200 IM with a 2:06.58.
In addition to their eight firsts, York also collected three second-place times and eight thirds.
Bean took second in the 100 backstroke with a 56.09 while Tyler Ziegler recorded the runner-up spot in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.99).
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, November 13, when they host CAC foe St. Mary's (Md.), Dickinson, and Susquehanna. The quad meet is slated for 1:00 pm from York's Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center.