With help from record-breaking performances from some York County standouts, the York College men's and women's swimming teams each finished second over the weekend at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships in St. Mary's City, Maryland.
In addition, Spartan head coach Greg Doyle was named the CAC Coach of the Year for the first time ever.
He is the first Spartan head coach to earn the award since Gina McHenry won three times (2003-04, 2005-06, and 2006-07).
Mary Washington won both the men's and women's titles.
The York men's team finished 12-2, while the women's team was 10-4.
York Suburban High School graduate Ian Kruper and former Central York swimmer Jesse Tate helped power the men's team.
Kruper, a senior, won Sunday's 100 freestyle in 47.49 seconds, becoming the first York swimmer to win that event since 2009.
Tate, meanwhile, placed second in the 200 butterfly (1:52.96), 100 butterfly (:50.80) and 200 individual medley (1:52.96). All three times were new school records. The freshman also set a school record in the 200 free while swimming the opening leg of the 800 free relay. Kruper, Morgan Schreiber and Drew Newman were also on that team, which finished second in a new school record of 7:03.05.
Schreiber, a junior, won the 200 backstroke (1:52.62) and 100 backstroke (:50.95). He has five career CAC gold medals.
Tate, Kruper and Schreiber were also part of the first-place 400 medley relay (3:29.78), Tate and Schreiber were part of the second-place 200 medley relay (1:35.18), Tate and Kruper were part of the third-place 400 free relay (3:10.46, school record) and Kruper and Schreiber were part of the third-place 200 free relay (1:25.68, school record).
On the women's side, Dover grad Rachel Spaulding took third in the 100 free (:53.99) and was part of the second-place 400 free relay (3:34.83, school record), second-place 800 free relay (8:01.07) and second-place 200 free relay (1:39.00, school record). Spaulding also set new school records in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.47 and 200 IM (2:14.37).
Freshman Kyra Shoemaker, a Dover grad, set a new school standard in the 100 IM.
Maddy Mann led the Spartan women, winning the 1,650 free (17:36.97, school record) and 500 free (5:04.44, school record) and taking second in the 200 free (1:52.82, school record).
Spartans picked fourth in CAC softball preseason poll: The York College softball team was picked fourth in the 2017 CAC preseason coaches’ poll.
The Spartans tallied 29 points, earning one more than fifth-place Mary Washington. Salisbury, which won the conference title in 2016, received 46 points to earn the top spot, edging out Christopher Newport, which finished with 45. Both teams earned four first-place votes.
York is coming off a 2016 campaign in which it went 25-17 with a youthful roster. The Spartans will again be young in 2017, boasting a team with only two seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and nine freshmen. Returning from last year’s club are All-CAC honorees shortstop Katie Maloney, first baseman Carleigh Ruleman and pitcher Melissa Jurkiewicz.
Dallastown graduate Ashley Werner is back manning the outfield for her junior season. She hit .350 last season, good for second-best on the team, driving in 27 runs, scoring 25 times and belting two homers. She also stole eight bags on nine tries.
Pfeiffer honored in men's lacrosse: York College men’s lacrosse attack Thomas Pfeiffer was named the CAC Men’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
The sophomore lit up the score sheet in the Spartans’ first two games last week, recording five goals and four assists for nine points to help York get off to a 2-0 start. York is ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III.
In last Saturday’s season opener, Pfeiffer registered three goals and two assists in the Spartans’ 12-11 road victory over Washington and Lee. Pfeiffer then shined at home for York, netting two more goals to go along with two assists in the team’s 13-6 win against Eastern.