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Walthall Breaks 100 Breaststroke Record as York Remains Second
ST. MARY'S CITY, MD – York College sophomore Kyle Walthall (Port Hueneme, Calif./Rio Mesa) defended his title in the 100 breaststroke at the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, Maryland on Saturday.
Walthall, the 2013 CAC Rookie of the Year, highlighted a number of strong Spartan performances during Saturday's competition. Walthall swam a fantastic race as he won the race in a time of 55.80, which broke the CAC championship and conference record by over a second. He won the race by over four seconds as he posted a provisional NCAA qualifying time.
The Spartans sit in second place after two days of the three day championships with 361.5 points.
Two other school records fell during the finals as the two Spartan relay teams established new school standards. The 200 medley relay team of Russell Stoll (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes), Walthall, Shane Bonner (Ridley Park, Pa./Ridley), and Bryant Hughes (Middletown, Del./Caravel Academy) finished second in the finals, recording a time of 1:34.54. They finished just over two seconds back of Mary Washington as the Eagles' foursome recorded a time of 1:32.13.
The 800 freestyle relay team of Matthew Terrell (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts), Hughes, Walthall, and Cody Latchford (New Castle, Del./William Penn) combined to finish the event with a school-record time of 7:08.96. That time was good enough for a third place finish in the race.
York had a number of quality individual performances during the night. Stoll earned a fifth place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:20.11. Bonner finished fifth in the 100 fly with a time of 53.55.
The tandem of Latchford and Terrell swam well in the 200 free. Latchford finished fourth with a time of 1:45.64 as he barely out touched Terrell who record a time of 1:45.65 as the Spartan freshman finished fifth.
Freshman Cameron Byrne (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East) finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke as he recorded a time of 1:00.96.
The Spartans return to the pool on Sunday morning to compete in the preliminaries before closing out the championships on Sunday evening. The preliminaries start at 10:00 am while the finals start at 6:00 pm.