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

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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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.

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.

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.

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