York College swimmers excel at CAC meet
- York's Maddy Mann was named the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Swimming Rookie of the Year.
- York's Kyle Walthall was named the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Year.
- York's Morgan Schreiber swept the backstroke titles at the Capital Athletic Conference meet.
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. — It was a banner weekend for York College athletes at the Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships at St. Mary's College in Maryland.
Maddy Mann became the first female swimmer in program history to be named the CAC Women's Rookie Swimmer of the Year. Kyle Walthall, meanwhile, was named the CAC Male Swimmer of the Year.
The York women's team produced its best finish ever at the CAC meet by placing second.
Mann, whose parents (Chris and Stef) are Northeastern High School graduates, capped off a stellar weekend in her first appearance at the CAC meet with a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle on Sunday. Her time of 52.57 seconds sets a new school record by lowering her old mark of :53.08. On the weekend, Mann compiled one individual championship, two individual second-place finishes, two individual school records and three relay school records on her way to being named the top female freshman swimmer in the conference.
"Maddy has stepped up and has competed at a high level against very tough competition," said first-year York coach Greg Doyle. "In addition to her performances at the conference championships, her entire body of work this season greatly increased her chances at garnering this award. She has a very bright future ahead and I am excited to watch her grow as a student-athlete."
In the 200 butterfly on Sunday, Kate McConaghy placed third in 2:14.42.
In the 400 freestyle relay on Sunday, the foursome of Mann, Taylor Witte, Danielle Werner and Andrea Sturgis placed third and set a new school record with a time of 3:38.38.
Walthall capped off a stellar performance at the CAC Championships by winning his third-straight 200 breaststroke title and sweeping the breaststroke titles for the third year in a row. His time of 1:59.24 breaks his own meet, school and conference record and falls under the NCAA B-Cut mark of 2:05.58. For the second time in his career, Walthall has been named the conference's top male swimmer. He shared that honor in 2014, but this year, the highly decorated senior stands alone at the top.
"Kyle has represented himself and York College in a way that not many student-athletes get the opportunity to do," Doyle said. "He has worked extremely hard and his efforts have paid off. I am excited for his final appearance at the NCAA national meet and look forward to seeing his success."
Schreiber won the 200 backstroke for the second-straight season and swept the backstroke titles for the first time in his career. His winning time of 1:52.05 sets a new school record, lowering the old mark of 1:54.23 set in 2014.
Walthall and Schreiber now await an official invitation to the NCAA Division III National Championships held on March 16-19 in Greensboro, North Carolina.