York YMCA swimmer Harnish part of record-breaking, gold-medal relay team at Pan Am Games
York YMCA swimmer Courtney Harnish was part of a relay team that set a Pan Am Games record in the 4-x-200-meter freestyle event on Thursday night in Toronto.
The American team of Harnish, Allison Schmitt, Gillian Ryan and Kiera Janzen won gold with a time of 7 minutes, 54.32 seconds. The previous record for the Pan Am Games was 8:01.18, set by the United States in 2011.
The silver-medal-winning team, Brazil, came in more than two full seconds behind the Americans with a time of 7:56.36. Canada earned bronze with a time of 7:59.36.
Harnish swam the third leg of the event for Team USA in 1:59.39, topping a career-best time of 2:00.46 in an individual 200 free event. It was the first event of the Pan Am Games for Harnish, who will be a junior this year at West York High School.
Harnish will be back in the pool on Saturday, competing in her strongest event, the 800-meter free.
Harnish's York YMCA teammate, Meghan Small, will also be swimming on Saturday, racing in her strongest event, the 200-meter individual medley. Small, who's from Lineboro, Maryland, and will be a senior this upcoming year at Manchester Valley High School, finished 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday.
OTHER SWIMMING NOTE
Spring Grove grad Flickinger earns three medals at World University Games: Hali Flickinger came home from the bi-annual 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, with three medals for Team USA.
The Spring Grove High School graduate captured gold as a member of the 4-x-200-meter free relay team and won bronze in the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley.
Flickinger will be entering her senior season this year swimming for the University of Georgia.