YORK, Pa.- The Men’s and Women’s swimming teams are gearing up for the three-day CAC Championships. Hosted by St. Mary’s College, the meet will run Friday, February 21st to Sunday, February 23rd.
Both York teams have had a long season starting in early October, and will look to conclude the season on a high note.
Coach Erin Kurtz on how she feels about the teams, “I feel very good about our training, being in Florida over the winter break definitely helped our cardiovascular training and I just feel this team is competing a completely different level than they were last season.”
For the men, the Spartans have gone 4-1 in conference meets this year with their only loss coming against Mary Washington on November 1st. The men have pushed well all season and will come into the Championships with an 8-4-1 record. The men will look improve upon on their 3rd place performance from last year. The Spartans will have to go through a tough St. Mary’s squad to achieve their goals.
Leading the way for the men will be Kyle Walthall (Port Hueneme, Ca. / Rio Mesa), the 2013 CAC Rookie of the year. Walthall enters the championships ranked 2nd in the 100 breast, and 5th in the 200 breast.
Coach Kurtz on Walthall, “Kyle has trained fantastically this season, he's been very focused and determined. He is setting his sights on an NCAA bid in the 200 breaststroke is something that is very achievable as we head into the weekend."
Another York swimmer to watch is Cody Latchford (New Castle, Del. / WIlliam Penn). His leadership in the freestyle events will be crucial to the team’s success at the championships. Cody will be swimmer to watch, as he is ranked in the top 12 of seven different events. The Spartans will also look to Bryant Hughes (Middletown, Del. / Caravel Academy) and Shane Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa. / Ridley) to be major leaders in the sprints. The two have had a solid training and racing season and could set the relays up to smash some school records.
Also helping in the relays will be Russell Stoll (Pompton Lakes, N.J. / Pompton Lakes). “Russell brings a wealth of talent and depth to our men's team. He's been a solid rock for our medley relays and our coaching staff is very excited to watch him race tough this weekend."
For the women, The Spartans have gone 2-3 in conference meets this year with their wins coming against Frostburg St. and Salisbury. The women began to pull together as the season closed out and finished with a 5-8 record. The women finished the season with a flurry of wins and a will be dangerous to their CAC foes. The Spartan women have their sights set on improving their fourth place finish at the 2013 CAC Championships. The 2014 championship race will be very tight between Marymount, York, and Salisbury.
Leading the way for the women will be Lindsey Buglino (Wharton, N.J. / Jefferson), the seventh place finisher in the 200 fly at the 2013 Championships. Buglino will enter the championships ranked in the top 25 in nine separate events.
Coach Kurtz on Buglino, “Lindsey Buglino has been so versatile for us this season. She can compete strong in a number of events so we will have trouble deciding her main three events.”
For the stroke events, The Spartans will look to Kelsie Pike (Newark, Del. / St. Mark's) and Megan Murphy (Farmingdale, N.J. / Colts Neck). The ladies will look to anchor the Spartans on the third day of competition with speedy races. Casenya Stone (Annandale, Va. / The New School Of Northern Virginia), the November 19th CAC Swimmer of the Week, will look to be a leader for the Spartans in the sprint events.
Courtney Dacheux (Dover, Pa. / Dover) will look to help the Spartans achieve their goals in her events for the championships. Dacheux will enter the pool with three top 12 rankings, with the 100 breast as her highest ranked event.
The Spartans will head to the St. Mary’s pool on Friday and will compete through Sunday. The CAC Swimming Championship site can be found here, which includes a link to live results for the weekend. The CAC Swimming preview can be read here, which highlights the entire conference.