COLLEGE: Ex-York YMCA swimmer shines for Tennessee

  • Former York YMCA swimming standout Meghan Small is excelling in her freshman year at Tennessee.
  • On Saturday, Small won three events in the Vols' road dual meet triumph over Florida.
  • Small was rated the nation's No. 1 female swimming recruit in 2016 according to Swim Swam.

The Tennessee women's swimming and diving team defeated Florida in a road dual meet for the first time in program history Saturday.

Meghan Small, seen here during her days swimming for the York YMCA, is enjoying a standout freshman season at Tennessee.

Freshman Meghan Small, a former York YMCA standout, won three individual events to lead Tennessee.

Small won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 47.25 seconds, the 500 freestyle in 4:48.36 and the 200 individual medley in 1:59.06. Her time in the 200 free was a season best and the victory in the 500 free comes in her collegiate 500 free debut.

For her effort, Small also earned Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors for the third time this season.

Small was rated the No. 1 female swimming recruit in the nation during her senior season in 2016 by Swim Swam, which is well-regarded national swimming website.



Eastern York grad Stoops shines for Gettysburg on mat: Senior Camden Stoops, an Eastern York High School graduate, went 2-0 to help Gettysburg College wrap up a pair of Centennial Conference wrestling victories Saturday.

Gettysburg (9-4 overall and 3-2 in the CC) pulled out back-and-forth battles with both Johns Hopkins University and Washington and Lee University. The Blue Jays won three of the first four matches before the Bullets stormed back for a 26-17 decision. Against the Generals, Gettysburg sealed a 21-15 victory by winning three of the final four bouts.

In his match against Johns Hopkins, Stoops helped propel Gettysburg with a 72-second pin of Miles Gilliam at 197 pounds. The Bullets were behind in the match, 17-16, before Stoops’ bout with Gilliam.

Through Jan. 23, Stoops boasted an 18-11 overall record.

Dallastown grad Thomas leaving her mark at Albright: Dallastown graduate Shannon Thomas has been putting her name all over the women’s basketball record book at Albright recently.

On Jan. 25, Thomas broke an almost 20-year-old record when she sank eight 3-pointers in an 83-51 rout of Arcadia.

Thomas, who finished with a game-high 27 points, went 8 of 11 from behind the arc to break Rachel Connolly's 1999 record of seven made 3-pointers in a game. The senior also added five rebounds, three assists and one steal.

On Jan. 18, Thomas scored her 1,000th career point in a 74-60 victory against Alvernia. Thomas became the 15th player in program history to achieve the feat while scoring a team-high 19 points in the contest.

For the season, the 5-foot, 9-inch senior guard is averaging 12.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Albright is 16-4 overall and in first place in the Middle Atlantic Conference at 11-0.

Arentz earns NEAC men's volleyball award: Penn State Altoona’s Brandon Arentz was recently named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week.

The freshman Arentz, a Northeastern graduate, is an outside hitter/opposite hitter who had a big day in Saturday's come-from-behind 3-2 victory at Penn State Behrend.

The 6-2 Arentz led Penn State Altoona in kills with 14 and total blocks with five (one solo block, four block assists). He also added eight digs and two service aces.

Penn State Altoona is 3-1 on the season.

Spartans enter season ranked eighth in CAC in baseball: The York College baseball team was ranked eighth in the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Preseason Poll.

Defending conference champion Salisbury was first with 77 points, followed by Frostburg State (69) and Marymount. The Spartans had 29 points.

York is trying to get back to the CAC Tournament after missing out the past two seasons. The Spartans were 10-26-1 a season ago.

Elliot Mortimer is back to lead the Spartans' pitching staff. Mortimer was the 2014 CAC Rookie of the Year and is joined in the top three of the rotation by senior Randy Frankenfield and junior Joel Kenney.

Seniors Logan Countryman and Mike Moore will serve as captains this season for the Spartans. Juniors Collin Crowell and Zach Hossler lead a group of returning starters that includes Seth Brosius and Christian Bilan. Moore is a Bermudian Springs grad and Crowell is a Kennard-Dale grad.

York will see its first action and the end of the month in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as part of the team’s spring trip.