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Former West York High School swimming standout Courtney Harnish wins SEC title for Georgia

STAFF REPORT
  • Former West York swim standout Courtney Harnish won the 1,650 freestyle at the SEC Championships.
  • Dallastown grad Katie McGowan earned a pair of weekly honors for her efforts last week.
  • Susquehannock grad Richard Grant is a PSUAC first-team all-star performer for Penn State York.

Former West York High School swimming standout Courtney Harnish is now a Southeastern Conference champion for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Former West York swimming standout Courtney Harnish, now swimming for the University of Georgia, won a Southeastern Conference title in the 1,650 freestyle at the recent SEC championships.

Harnish recently won the 1,650-freestyle race at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships at Texas A&M. Her efforts helped the Bulldogs’ women’s team score a second-place finish overall.

Georgia’s 1,030-point total was bested by the host Aggies’ 1,319. Tennessee was third at 950.5.

Harnish swam to victory in 15 minutes, 57.68 seconds, beating out second-place Taylor Ault of Florida, who turned in a 16:03.36 time. Harnish’s time ranks sixth in Georgia program history.

"I tried to hold my own in the beginning and swim my own race," Harnish told GeorgiaDogs.com. "I did not want to go out too fast, so I went for the easy speed in the beginning and then just brought it home. That is my first time under 16. That was a goal of mine coming in, so when I saw that, I was really happy. I was nervous coming in (as a freshman at Georgia), but my coaches and teammates push me every day and I just love it. Going to practice, they make it better. It's a totally different atmosphere than club and I'm really enjoying it."

Harnish was also a standout performer for the York YMCA team.

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COLLEGE NOTES

McGowan pulls down pair of awards: A big week from Dallastown grad Katie McGowan helped her score a pair of weekly honors.

McGowan, a junior on the York College women’s basketball team, recently collected the school’s Spartan Athlete of the Week nod, as well as a Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week selection.

McGowan helped York to a pair of key victories, including a triumph at nationally ranked Christopher Newport on Saturday. That win gave the Spartans the third seed in the upcoming CAC playoffs and a first-round home game.

York College's Katie McGowan, left, takes the ball to the basket while Wesley College's Chardae Booker-Hayes defends during women's basketball action in Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center at York College of Pennsylvania in Spring Garden Township, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. York College would win the game 83-48. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Against the Captains, McGowan scored 19 points and added six rebounds, two assists and a steal.

During Wednesday's victory vs. St. Mary's, McGowan posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She also added six steals and two assists.

Local Lions earn honors: Penn State York men’s basketball player Richard Grant was recently named a Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference First-Team All-Conference selection after a career season with the local Lions.

The Susquehannock grad averaged 18 points and nine rebounds during his junior season. He also shot 52.5 percent from the floor and averaged 1.2 blocks per game. Those totals were all career bests for the 6-foot, 6-inch Grant.

Tom Enerva of Maine-Fort Kent attempts to block a tap-in by Richard Grant of Penn State York, Sunday January 7, 2018. John A. Pavoncello photo

Other York players to earn conference honors included Justin Luton (Co-Defensive Player of the Year) and Eastern York graduate Christian Buser (John Fritz Sportsmanship Award).

On the women’s side, Emily Colon was a second-team all-conference selection, while Corina Rivera picked up an honorable-mention nod. Bermudian Springs grad Karra Thomason won the John Fritz Sportsmanship Award.