ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The first day of the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships proved a solid one for the York College men's swimming team. The Spartans put together several quality races as they finished the evening in third place overall with 125 points.
The highlight of York's evening proved the Green and White's 200 freestyle relay featuring Shane Bonner, Alex Diehl, Tyler Ziegler, and Richard Janosky. What would prove to be an exciting race, Bonner started the Spartans with a leading 21.85 as Diehl followed that effort with a strong leg of his own as York totaled a 43.61 through their first two swimmers putting York out front. Ziegler came through with a quality 50 freestyle while Janosky pushed in the anchor leg to secure a 1:26.39, finishing just .53 seconds behind first-place Mary Washington.
Grabbing quality relay points in the first men's event of the evening, the Spartans finished the evening by nabbing third-place relay points in the 400 medley. This time it was Cody Latchford, Jamie Hicks, Andy Woods, and Bonner who would find their way to the top-three in the conference. The group posted a 3:36.05 effort, nabbing third overall in the event.
Bonner, in just his first league championships, qualified for the finals in the individual 50 freestyle. Opening up his weekend with a 21.83 during morning preliminaries, Bonner grabbed the third spot heading into the first day's finals. He held that position in those finals, posting a 21.79 to collect the bronze in just his first individual championships event.
Janosky and Ziegler joined Bonner on the podium following the 50 freestyle as they registered 22.12 and 22.45 times, respectively. Janosky, who has had a strong senior campaign, recorded seventh, while Ziegler, who has also swam well in the 2011-2012 season, nabbed eighth-place points for the Green and White.
In the 500 freestyle, senior Jack Gottschalk snagged seventh for York in the distance event. Gottschalk posted a 4:53.76 to tally top-eight points for his squad.
Notably, freshman Andrew Ward notched a top-16 finish in the 500 by dropping significant time during the morning preliminaries. Coming into the championships with a 5:52.92, Ward qualified for the evening finals with a 5:18.95 and ended up taking 16th overall with a 5:19.81 in the finals.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday with the morning preliminaries beginning at 10:00 am and finals scheduled for 6:00 pm.