YORK, PA – A year after stamping their mark as one of the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference, the York College men's swimming team expects to continue their upward trend in head coach Greg Doyle's third year. Five All-CAC swimmers are back, leading a group of freshmen that should push the Spartans to another successful season.
THE SPARTAN SKINNY
2016-17 Dual Meet Record: 12-2 overall, 4-1 CAC
2016-17 CAC Championship Finish: Second of six teams, 635.5 points
Returning Letter winners: 18
First Year Spartans: 9
CAC Preseason Poll: 2nd
SPARTANS AT A GLANCE
• Capital Athletic Conference champion Morgan Schreiber leads the Spartans into the new season as the most accomplished swimmer on the team, looking to repeat as a four-time champion in the 100 back. The senior has also triumphed in the 200 back at the CAC Championships in both 2016 and 2017. He won 20 times last year, and owns three individual school records.
• Sophomore phenom Jesse Tate broke through with 14 wins and eight runner-up finishes last season, including three individual seconds at the CAC Championship, earning All-CAC Second-Team honors in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM. Tate owns the school record in all three races.
• Trevor Brinton, Glaucio Silva and Drew Newman joined the All-CAC teams in a variety of relay races and all return for another season. Brinton won twice last year individually, while also adding seven runner-up finishes. Silva and Newman also each notched two victories and five and three second-place finishes, respectively. Brinton will race the freestyle, Silva the breaststroke and Newman the individual medley and backstroke.
• Jacob McConnell (freestyle) and Greg Williams (backstroke) recorded numerous podium finishes, and expect to improve again this year. McConnell won three times, but also finished inside the top three 14 times. Williams is back a year after winning twice and notching a team-best 11 second-place finishes.
• Kevin Stahl will lead another strong group of freshmen that Doyle expects to contribute significantly, including Kaelan Dowdall (fly, back, free), Tyler Maggio (breaststroke) and Gabriel Penn (IM, fly).
WHO'S NOT COMING BACK
Freestyler Ian Kruper graduated after taking the 100 freestyle at the CAC Championships. Kruper won nine times and finished second eight times last year in his only season at York. The York Suburban HS graduate is in the record books with the Spartans, taking part in three record-time relays. He was a CAC champion in the 400 medley relay, and earned Second-Team honors in the 800 free relay as well.
HE SAID IT
"My focus is racing each day in practice as we would in a meet," head coach Doyle said of this season. "With a big freshman class expected to make an impact, combined with talent from returners, it will be exciting to watch this group throughout the year as they continue their preparation for the 2017/2018 Capital Athletic Conference Championships."
The Spartans will host Franklin & Marshall and Messiah in the season-opening meet at the York College Natatorium on Saturday, October 21. The event is set for a 1:00 p.m. start.