ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The York College men's swimming squad concluded the first day of the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships holding second place overall with 154 points. Currently the Spartans sit 15 points ahead of third-place St. Mary's (Md.).
The highlight of York's opening day of competition came in the men's very first race of the evening finals – the 200 freestyle relay. In what proved to be an exceptionally tight race between the second- and third-place slots, the Spartans edged out St. Mary's by a mere .19 to snag the silver medal. The combination of Benjamin Hilt, Richard Janosky, Thomas DeCoursey, and Alex Diehl delivered a strong 1:27.50 to slip by St. Mary's who recorded a 1:27.69.
DeCoursey shined again in the 50 freestyle where the senior sprinter picked up fourth-place points for the Green and White. After being seeded eighth following the morning preliminaries, DeCoursey pulled out a solid 22.27 to corral a tremendous fourth-place finish. Fellow sprinter Hilt put in a quality performance of his own in the 50 free, finishing just behind DeCoursey with a fifth-place 22.29.
In the 200 IM, the Green and White had two more top-eight finishers as Steven Mercer and Steven Tobin came in sixth and seventh, respectively. Mercer captured a personal-best time of 2:01.29 while Tobin's 2:03.15 topped his season-best by over six seconds. Importantly, in that event's consolation race, both AJ Bean and Tyler Ziegler – who were seeded ninth and tenth – were able to hold their spots for the Green and White, picking up valuable points.
Jack Gottschalk also posted a ninth-place finish for the Spartans, taking his in the 500 freestyle. The junior registered a 4:52.54, besting his top time this year by over 14 seconds.
The 400 medley relay closed out the day's events as Bean, Tobin, Andy Woods, and Diehl combined to register third as the squad put together a 3:40.01.
The CAC Championships continue Saturday, February 19, with the morning preliminaries slated to begin at 10:00 am.
PHOTO: The squad of Alex Diehl, Richard Janosky, Benjamin Hilt, and Thomas DeCoursey display their medals after finishing second in Friday's 200 freestyle medley relay.