ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The York College men's swimming team put together yet another solid performance at the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships on Saturday. After the second day, the Spartans currently hold the third spot with 334.5 points. Mary Washington sits atop the list 665 while St. Mary's (Md.) has posted 363.
Both of York's relay squads would turn in third-place showings on Saturday, taking the bronze in both the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. In the medley, the men's opening event of the evening finals, Cody Latchford, Jamie Hicks, Andy Woods, and Richard Janosky combined for a 1:38.85. On the other side of the evening, the Spartans would close out the day-two racing with a 7:15.17 in the freestyle. Alex Diehl, Tyler Ziegler, Latchford, and Jack Gottschalk teamed up in that event to secure third-place relay points for York.
Individually, Woods put together a solid day for the Green and White. Qualifying for the finals in both the 100 butterfly and the and the 100 backstroke, he notched top-eight points for his squad in both events. Woods posted a fourth-place 53.42 in the 100 fly, moving up two spots from his sixth-seed qualifying time, before posting a fifth-place 54.83 in the 100 backstroke. Both of his finals times proved season-best marks for the junior.
York actually registered a trio of top-eights in that 100 backstroke. Aside from Woods' performance, Latchford swam to sixth with a 54.93 while fellow rookie Bryant Hughes collected eighth-place points and swam to a 57.01.
Steven Mercer, York's current record-holder in the 400 IM, swam to a sixth-place finish in the aforementioned 400 IM with a 4:28.40.
In the 200 freestyle, Gottschalk and Latchford both qualified for the finals and then finished a close seventh and eighth. Gottschalk grabbed seventh with a 1:47.76 just touching the wall before Latchford came in at 1:47.85. In the consolation finals of the event, Diehl bested his heat, out-touching 10th-place Eric Phung of Mary Washington by just two-tenths-of-a-second, and slashed over three seconds off his personal season-best time to record a 1:47.82. Diehl won his heat despite being seeded fourth in those consolation finals.
Qualifying for the finals in the 100 breaststroke, Ziegler and Hicks deadlocked at 1:02.59. That performance had the pair of Spartans tie for seventh in the event. Notably, rookie Ryan Callahan, who had qualified 16th in the 100 breaststroke, moved up a spot in the evening finals. Swimming in the evening finals for the first time in his college career, Callahan registered a 1:08.46 as he cut over five seconds off of his previous season-best time.
A grueling day for several York swimmers, Latchford swam a total of six times for the Green and White while Woods, Hicks, and Ziegler each raced five times including preliminaries, relays, and individual finals.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday for the final day of the 2012 CAC Championships. Morning preliminaries are slated for a 10:00 am start while the evening finals open up at 5:30 pm beginning with the senior recognition ceremony.
PHOTO: Tyler Ziegler, Alex Diehl, Cody Latchford, and Jack Gottschalk stand on the podium after receiving their third-place medals following their performance in the 800 freestyle relay.