ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The York College men's swim team began the second day of championship action Saturday at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Freshman Kyle Walthall (Port Huereme, Ca./Rio Mesa) shined in the 100 yard breaststroke, breaking both the school and CAC championship record.
Walthall swam spectacular on the second day of his first ever CAC Championships. The Green and White had their first, first place finish as Walthall set the pace in the 100 yard breaststroke at 57.27. Walthall's morning performance set the new school record, as he beat the 2011 record of 1:00.21. Spartan Tyler Ziegler (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Area Senior) also qualified, finishing fourth with a time of 1:01.63.
Walthall went on to finish the 100 yard breaststroke finals in tremendous fashion. He set the school record again, after beating his prelim time. Walthall's time of 57.07 also set a new CAC Championship meet record. Breaking a conference record at CAC's is quite an accomplishment, especially swimming against an incredibly strong Mary Washinton squad that holds almost every CAC record. For his effort, Walthall has put himself in a good position to qualify for NCAA's. If chosen, he will be the first athlete to be invited in York College swimming history. Zielger also looked strong in the 100 breaststroke with a fourth place finish and time of 1:02.07
Adam Schin qualified for seventh in the finals of the 400 yard IM with a time of 4:38.18. Andrew Ward's 4:54.04 earned him a ninth overall finish and qualification for consolations.
The 100 yard butterfly event saw three consolation qualifiers for the Green and White. Andy Woods (Dover, Pa./Dover Area) completed his race in 54.44. Sophomore Shane Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) followed Woods with a 54.61. Matt Corkwell (Piscataway,N.J./Piscataway) was the last Spartan with a time of 58.19.
Another Spartan standout Cody Latchford (New Castle,Del./William Penn), qualified for the 200 yard freestyle finals in sixth place with a time of 1:45.92. Fellow sophomore Bryant Hughes (Middletown, Del./Caravel Academy) earned a consolation berth with a time of 1:49.54.
Two more Green and White finalists were determined in the 100 yard backstroke as Woods and Latchford each finished in the top eight overall. Woods earned a fifth place finish with a time of 54.77, while Latchford's 55:11 was good for seventh. Martin Schmidt (Pilesgrove, N.J/Woodstown) placed 15th overall with a 1:01.60, earning himself a consolation bid.
Latchford, Walthall, Ward, and Bonner started off the nightcap with a second place finish in the 200 yard medley relay, combining for a time of 1:36.94.
To start the individual portion of the night, Schin finished seventh in the 400 yard IM with a time of 4:40.31.
The 100 yard butterfly saw a one-two finish in the consolation race, as Woods and Bonner finished in 54.53 and 54.59, respectively. Corkwell finished the race in 58.27.
In finals for the 200 yard freestyle, Latchford swam 1:45.77 and earned himself a sixth place finish.
A pair of Spartans competed in the finals of the 100 yard backstroke. Woods touched the wall in 54.31, good for fifth. Latchford followed in seventh with a 54.84.
The men concluded day two with a third place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay courtesy of Walthall, Schin, Ziegler, and Hughes. The team finished with a time of 7:22.64.
The Spartans currently sit in third with 274 points. They return to the water tomorrow at 10:00 am for the final day of competition.
Cody Latchford Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org