Spring Grove grad Flickinger takes sixth in 200-meter backstroke at U.S. Nationals


Swimming in her second final in as many days at the Phillips 66 U.S. Nationals, Hali Flickinger didn't fare quite as well on Wednesday night.

Hali Flickinger smiles after winning the women's 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming national championships in Indianapolis, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Flickinger will attempt to win a world championship in that event this week in Budapest, Hungary.

Taking part in the 200-meter backstroke final, Flickinger finished in sixth place with a time of 2 minutes, 11.29 seconds. Kathleen Baker won the event in 2:06.38 and Regan Smith took second with a time of 2:08.55.

The result went as expected for Flickinger, who entered the final with the sixth-fastest time from the morning's preliminary swims.

Baker wasn't contested in the event, leading right from the start and eventually building a full body-length lead before making the final turn.

Baker secured a spot in the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, which will be held from July 14-30. The winner of each event earns a spot automatically and most second-place finishers in each event also earn a spot on the U.S. roster.

Flickinger wins 200 fly at U.S. Nationals, qualifies for World Championships

Flickinger secured her spot on the U.S. World Championship team on Tuesday night, winning the 200-meter butterfly, the same event she took seventh in at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Flickinger also swam in the 200-meter free, but didn't make the finals, finishing with the 20th fastest time from the preliminaries at 2:00.56.

Other York County results: Fellow York County swimmers Courtney Harnish and Leah Braswell were also in action during Wednesday's events.

Like Flickinger, both Harnish and Braswell swam in the 200-meter free. Braswell finished 27th with a time of 2:01.82 and Harnish was 28th in a time of 2:01.88.

Harnish also took 71st in the 200 back, posting a prelim time of 2:17.90.

King shines: In other action from Indianapolis, Olympic gold medalist Lilly King can prepare for another showdown with Russian rival Yulia Efimova after winning the women’s 200 breaststroke.

King had the second-best time in the world this year — 2 minutes, 21.83 seconds. Efimova went 2:19.83 two weeks ago. The two have not squared off since King called Efimova a drug cheater last summer in the Rio Olympics.

Katie Ledecky and Ryan Murphy lived up to their reputations, too. Ledecky qualified for the American world championship team with a win in the women’s 200 freestyle. Murphy took the men’s 200 backstroke.

Other winners included Kevin Cordes in the men’s 200 breast and Townley Haas in the men’s 200 free.