Niki Price of Northeastern will return in a quest for a second straight title.
Freshman sensation Courtney Harnish of West York, meanwhile, will make her meet debut after a sensational regular season during which she broke four league records.
Another freshman, Megan Hunt of York Suburban, will enter with the fastest time in a bid for a gold medal, and Dallastown star Trevor Hine will go after another crown in one event while renewing a rivalry in a second event.
Hanover junior Jordan Lytle, who doesn't have an opportunity to swim for a team during the regular season because his school doesn't sponsor swimming, will seek to turn a top-seeded time into a gold medal.
Those are some of the storylines for the District 3 Swimming Championships which will take place on Friday and Saturday at Cumberland Valley High School.
Price, a senior, captured the district title last year in the girls' Class AAA 100 butterfly. She followed up by winning the state crown at Bucknell University. Price, who will swim next year at Penn State, is top seeded in this year's 100 fly with a time of 57.19.
Harnish, meanwhile, burst on the swimming scene this year by establishing new York-Adams League records in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle. She has the fastest times in the girls' Class AA 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle heading into the district meet. Harnish's time in the 200 (1:49:26) is faster than the current district record, and her time in the 500 (4:46:66) is just two-hundredths of a second off the district mark.
Hunt comes in with the best time in the girls' Class AA 100 breaststroke. York Suburban, the defending team champion, also owns the top seeds in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
Hine is seeded behind Manheim Township's Dan Ross in the boys' Class AAA 200 IM, but the Dallastown standout won the event last year in a time of 1:53.24.
The Florida State-bound Hine finished just three-hundredths of a second behind Hershey's Zach Luttrell in last year's 500 freestyle. Look for another terrific race this year as Luttrell checks in with a time of 4:38.11 and Hine enters with a performance of 4:39.33. Hine's time is a York-Adams League record.
The district meet will feature outstanding races, and maybe even some surprises.
Winning a medal is certainly every swimmer's goal, but at the same time, each swimmer will also focus on earning a qualifying time to the biggest meet of the season: the PIAA Championships on March 12-15 at Bucknell University.
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