Flickinger headlines York County swimmers competing in U.S. Nationals this week
Less than a year after finishing in seventh place at the Rio Olympics in the 200-meter butterfly, Hali Flickinger will be back in the pool competing at the U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials this week.
The event will run from Tuesday through Saturday and will be held at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
The U.S. National Championships provide swimmers with the opportunity to qualify and make the national team which will compete in the world championships held from July 14-30 in Budapest, Hungary.
Flickinger, who is a Spring Grove High School graduate and swam for the University of Georgia in college, is listed as qualified to swim in five events, including the 200 fly. She has the top-seeded time in that event. She's also expected to compete in the 200 free event, where she's seeded eighth. A top-six finish in that event will earn her a spot on a relay team for the world championships.
Joining Flickinger at the U.S. Nationals will be fellow York County products Courtney Harnish and Leah Braswell. Both Harnish and Braswell competed at the Olympic Trials last summer.
Harnish, who just graduated from West York High School and will swim at Georgia in college, is listed to swim in as many as seven events over the five days. Harnish is seeded seventh in the 400 free.
Braswell, who is from Manchester, is listed in as many as six events and was labeled as a dark horse candidate in the 1,500 free.
Television coverage of the week's events is as follows:
Tuesday: 7-8 p.m. on delay NBCSN
Wednesday: 7-8 p.m. on delay NBCSN
Thursday: 6-8 p.m. live on Universal HD
Friday: 6-8 p.m. live on Universal HD
Saturday: 1-3 p.m. taped on NBC; 6-8 p.m. live on Universal HD
Sunday: 1-3 p.m. taped on NBC