York Swimming Sweeps Elizabethtown

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York swimming swept a pair of dual meets against Elizabethtown on Wednesday night with a 137-68 win in the women’s meet and a 162-42 triumph in the men’s meet.

York Press Release:

The York College women’s swimming team opened the 2015-16 season with a convincing 137-68 non-conference victory over Elizabethtown College on Wednesday night at the York College Natatorium.

Elizabethtown (0-1) took an early lead by winning the 200 medley relay in the first event of the evening, but York (1-0) claimed 1st place finishes in the next two events to swiftly take control of the meet.

Sophomore Brianna Blackwell (Chandler, Ariz. / Hamilton) placed first in the 1000 free with senior captain teammate Madison Tonkay (Landisville, Pa. / Hempfield) placing second with a time of 12:17.61.

Freshman Andrea Sturgis (Severn, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) earned her first collegiate victory as she placed first in the 200 free with a winning time of 2:04.62.

The Spartans picked up big points in the 50 free as Taylor Witte (University Park, Md. / St. John’s College) placed second, Reily Kobus (York, Pa. / Northeastern) took third and Taylor Michielini (Montvale, N.J. / Pascack Hills) came in fourth.

Sophomore Kacey Banks (Silver Spring, Md. / Spencerville Adventist Academy) pushed to a first place victory in the 200 IM with a time of 2:31.00 as she touched wall .72 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

Sophomore Kate McConaghy (Phoenixville, Pa. / Owen J. Roberts) also tasted victory on opening night as she placed first in the 100 fly with a time of 1:04.17

The Spartans swept the top three spots in the 100 free with Witte placing first with a winning time of 57.66. Surgis placed second with a time of 57.82 and Danielle Werner (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Hampton) came in third with a time of 59.45.

Freshman Julia Bogdanski (South Setauket, N.Y. / Ward Meville) claimed her first victory with the Green and White as she placed first in the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 1:05.54. Sara Zalkind (Downingtown, Pa. / Dowingtown West) took second in the event with a time of 1:07.57.

Freshman Maddy Mann (Baltimore, Md. / Eastern Technical) looked strong in her first collegiate meet as she won the 500 free and finished two seconds off the school record mark with a time of 5:16.96. Blackwell took second with a time 5:50.86.

The Spartans took four of the top five spots in the 100 breastroke as Chloe Fealtman (Carlisle, Pa. / Big Spring) led the group with a second place finish at a time of 1:15.75. Samantha Hay (Bangor, Pa. / Bangor) placed third, Carly Jablonski (Reading, Pa. / Berks Catholic) took fourth and Mackenzie Donahue (Indiana, Pa. / Indiana) placed fifth.

The Spartans also took home the victory in the 200 free relay. The winning team of Witte, Werner, Sturgis and Mann touched the wall with a winning time of 1:44.87, nearly surpassing the school record mark of 1:41.86.

The Spartans take to the pool next on Saturday when they travel to Salisbury to open their Capital Athletic Conference schedule with a 1:00 p.m. meet.

The York College men’s swimming team opened the season with a 162-42 non-conference victory over Elizabethtown College on Wednesday night in York.

The Spartans are now 1-0 in the dual meet season while the Blue Jays are now 0-1.

The Spartans opened the night by capturing three of the four top spots in the 200-medley relay race. The top squad of Morgan Schreiber (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove), Donald Timmerman (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Russell Stoll (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes), and Trevor Brinton (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove) teamed up to earn a win with a time of 1:41.14. That time was almost five seconds better than the Blue Jays’ runner up squad. York took third and fourth in the event in addition to the first place finish.

Esdras Moore (Dallas, Pa./Dallas) and Nick Foltz (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley) earned the top two spots in the 1000 free for York. Moore touched the wall in a time of 10:50.14 to win the race. Foltz was second with a time of 11:28.57. York followed that with the three top finishers in the 200 freestyle. Jacob McConnell (Chesterfield, N.J./Northern Burlington) picked up his first individual collegiate win with a first place finish as he notched a time of 1:52.42. Stoll placed second with a time of 1:54.68 while Nick Leidy (Leesport, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) was third with a time of 1:56.29.

York swept the top three spots in the 50 free as the Green and White kept rolling. Brinton earned his first individual collegiate win as he completed the race in a time of 22.47. Artem Peshenko (Elkins Park, Pa./Abington) placed second with a time of 22.95 while Colin Sload-Diehl (Windsor, Pa./Red Lion) was third at 23.37.

Kyle Walthall (Port Hueneme, Calif./Rio Mesa) picked up his first individual win of the year as he recorded the victory in the 200 IM as he completed the race in a time of 2:03.28. Fellow captain David Altobelli (Silver Spring, Md./James Hubert Blake) placed second with a time of 2:10.43 while the third Spartan captain, Timmerman, was third at 2:13.61.

The Blue Jays ended the Spartan run of wins in the 100 fly but York did manage to hold down the second through fifth in the event. Leidy was second while Tim McCullough (Rose Valley, Pa./Strath Haven) was third and Sload-Diehl was fourth. York got back in the win column in the 100 free as the Green and White swept the top three spots. Brinton earned his second win of the night as he completed the race in the time of 49.35. Peshenko placed second and Brandon Tarbrake (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga College) placed third.

Schreiber earned his first individual win of the year as he cruised to victory in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.69. Senior Martin Dichmann-Schmidt (Pilesgrove, N.J./Woodstown) placed third for the Spartans in the event.

Walthall earned his second win of the night as he captured victory in the 500 freestyle. The senior All-American notched a time of 4:59.67. McConnell was second followed by Moore and Altobelli as York registered the top four spots in the event.

Timmerman and McCullough went 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke for the Spartans. Timmerman touched the wall in a time of 1:03.33 while McCullough was just behind him at 1:03.56.

The Green and White closed out the night by taking the top two spots in the 200 free relay. The team of McConnell, Moore, Foltz, and Altobelli earned the win in the event as they combined for a time of 1:34.25. The foursome of Sload-Diehl, Walthall, Peshenko, and Tarbrake were just .5 seconds back of the winners as they took second place by over a second over Elizabethtown’s third place team.

The Spartans head to Salisbury for their Capital Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, October 31. The meet is scheduled for a 1:00 pm start.

Elizabethtown Press Release:

Swimming its first dual meet of 2015-16, Elizabethtown won three events in a 137-68 defeat at York (Pa.) Wednesday evening.

Amanda Long and Elizabeth Finnegan each won an individual event and were part of the victorious 200-yard medley relay team.

The Blue Jays (0-1) started the night on a high note in the 200 medley relay, coming back to beat the Spartans top team at the finish in a time of 1:58.38. Bonnie Lisk led off with the backstroke, followed by Long in the breaststroke, freshman Dayna Stewart in the butterfly and Finnegan in the freestyle. E-town’s quartet picked up over a second from its effort at the Susquehanna Schweikert Relays last Friday.

Finnegan, returning to the pool after a two-year hiatus forced by injury, put in another strong showing in the 50 free, winning in a new personal best time of 26.26 ahead of York’s Taylor Witte (26.55) and Reilly Kobus (26.94).

Long won her signature event, the 100 breast, by more than 2.7 seconds with a 1:13.03. Last season, the Bethlehem native won the 100 or 200 breast in 6-of-9 regular season meets.

Rachel Engelhardt took runner-up in the 200 free (2:09.29) and freshman Erika Cole was fourth in 2:14.90. Long finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:31.72) and Stewart second in a close 100 fly (1:05.00).

Elizabethtown will travel to Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 14, to face the Cardinals at 1 p.m.

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