YORK, Pa. – The 2013-2014 York College men's swimming team provides second year head coach Erin Kurtz with an abundance of talent and depth. The squad is looking to build of a third place finish in last season Capital Athletic Conference Championships, which followed a 6-7-1 regular season. The returning core, accompanied by a talented freshmen class has Kurtz excited for the year to come.
Lone senior Matthew Corkwell (Piscataway, N.J. / Piscataway) will bring experience to the relatively young Spartans. Corkwell will have plenty of time in the water in the butterfly events to set the example of what it means to be a Spartan swimmer.
Junior standouts Bryant Hughes (Middletown, Del. / Caravel Academy), Cody Latchford (New Castle, Del. / William Penn), and Shane Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa. / Ridley) will be key to the success of the Green and White. Kurtz expects these three to continue to provide consistent performances every meet. Hughes and Latchford are a dynamic duo for York in freestyle and backstroke events. The two have proved to be a great compliment for one another and can be routinely counted on to put points on the Green and White's side of the ledger. Bonner will be the top sprinter for the Spartans as he is one of the Spartans' top point producers.
The sophomore class will be led by Kyle Walthall (Port Hueneme, Ca. / Rio Mesa), who is coming of a record setting performance at last season's CAC Championships. Walthall broke the 100-yard breaststroke school and meet record with a time of 57.07 on day two of the conference championship meet. He also broke the York's 200-yard breaststroke record with a time of 2:07.24. The Green and White will lean on the 2012-2013 CAC Rookie of the Year to provide a spark with his continued impressive performance. David Altobelli (Silver Spring, Md. / James Hubert Blake) and Martin Schmidt (Pilesgrove, N.J. / Woodstown) will provide depth in the freestyle and backstroke events, respectively.
In taking a look at the freshmen class, one will see a group that Kurtz says is "peppered" with talent. Russell Stoll (Pompton Lakes, N.J. / Pompton Lakes), Matt Terrell (Pottstown, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts), Nick Lucash (Coatesville, Pa. / Coatesville), and Donald Timmerman (Randolph, N.J. / Randolph) are just a few key members of this talented class.
Stoll is an all-around threat as he will look for time in the backstroke, butterfly, freestyle, and medley races. Terrell will provide depth to the mid distance events behind Hughes and Altobelli. Lucash looks to follow in the footsteps of Bonner and provide more talent in the sprint races. Timmerman will team up with Walthall to give the Green and White a one-two punch in the breaststroke.
The Spartans sport a deep crop of freestyle swimmers with Tim DeCoursey (Cherry Hill, N.J. / Cherry Hill West), Joe Greiner (Warminster, Pa. / William Tennent), and Kyle Hanchick (Bethlehem, Pa. / Freedom) fighting for time in the water. Andrew Kosa (Dunkirk, Md. / Northern) adds depth to the butterfly races, while Cameron Byrne (Farmingville, N.Y. / Sachem East), Wynne Kirchner (Elkridge, Md. / Howard), and Tim McCullough (Rose Valley, Pa. / Strath Haven) provide versatility in the lineup.
Coach Kurtz is confident in the abilities of the entire roster and believes they have the talent to be a top performing team in the conference.
The Spartans kickoff the new campaign on Saturday, October 5 when they host Frostburg State in a Capital Athletic Conference meet at 1:00 p.m.
Preview written by Joe Wydner – Athletic Communications Student Assistant