Spartans Swim Past Mary Washington for First Time in Program History

YORK, Pa. – The York College men's swimming squad began the season in tremendous fashion by becoming only the second school ever in the Capital Athletic Conference to defeat Mary Washington in an in-conference matchup. The Green and White snapped a 22-year losing streak to the Eagles, as they bested visiting Mary Washington 67-55 on Friday evening. The Spartans also play spoiler to the Eagles by breaking their 11-year undefeated CAC run as Mary Washington's last defeat in the CAC was in 2000 when they fell to Catholic University. The Spartans also bested Hood College this evening 98-24.

The Spartans came out with firepower and willingness to win in their season opener have various notable victories in many events. Cody Latchford, Jack Gottschalk, Richard Janosky, Andy Woods, Alex Diehl, and Jamie Hicks proved the key swimmers in today's match combining for nine first-place finishes, three second-place times, and one third-place finish. Individually, Latchford finished first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.96 and also won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.04.

Gottschalk was victorious in his season opening meet by winning the 500 freestyle with an outstanding time of 5:04.91. The senior also finished second in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:35.93. Janosky, a senior captain this year, started off his season right placing first in the 50 freestyle with a 22.67 after a strong anchor leg in opening relay.

Last but certainly not least, Woods had a solid start to his junior season finishing first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.63. He also secured second in the 100 backstroke with a 57.60 and fourth in the 200 backstroke. Diehl nabbed the victory in the 100 free with a 50.63 while Hicks posted a 2:21.16 in the 200 breaststroke to garner the victory. He also notched second in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:03.28.

The main highlight of tonight's fantastic performance by the Green and White proved both relay events, as the Spartans snagged both the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle. York took first in both events, including a nail-biter finish in the closing 200 free relay as York topped Mary Washington by .33 hundredths of a second. York's 200 medley squad, featuring Latchford, Hicks, Woods, and Janosky, finished with a time of 1:41.30 to win the men's opening event of the 2011-2012 campaign. The final event of the evening was the 200 yard freestyle relay where Shane Bonner, Gottschalk, Diehl, and Janosky led the Spartans to victory with a final time of 1:29.68.

The Green and White have little time to celebrate their season-opening triumphs however as they return to action tomorrow, Saturday, November 5. York squares off against Marymount University at 2:00 pm in Arlington, Va.

PHOTO: Andy Woods helped lead the Spartans to their first-ever triumph over Mary Washington on Friday, November 4. Courtesy of Aaron Frishkorn - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications practicum student.

Meet recap written by Aaron Frishkorn - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications practicum student.