York Y swimmers keep winning at Nationals


The York YMCA team continues to make its mark on the national swimming scene.

Meghan Small, seen here during her days swimming for the York YMCA, is enjoying a standout freshman season at Tennessee.

Competing at the YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, the York County club has been racking up the medals.

In Wednesday's third day of competition, Meghan Small, who is from Manchester Valley, Maryland, won her fourth gold medal of the competition in the 400 individual medley. Her time of 4 minutes, 7.29 seconds was more than 4 12 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Later in the night, Courtney Harnish picked up her third gold medal of the competition and fourth medal overall, cruising to a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle. The West York junior won with a time of 1:46.12. Also in that event, York YMCA swimmer Leah Braswell finished fourth in 1:48.62.

Small, who will swim at Tennessee next year, and Harnish then teamed up for their fifth medals of the competition in the 200 medley relay. They swam with Dallastown senior Kacey Oberlander and Central York senior Emily Ilgenfritz to win the event in 1:41.70, nearly a second faster than second place. Ilgenfritz is committed to swim at Georgia Tech next year, while Oberlander is committed to Alabama.

Tuesday results: In the second day of the event on Tuesday, Small won her fourth straight gold in the 200 backstroke at the Short Course Nationals, swimming it in a time of 1:51.56. Her time set a new record for the event. She finished more than a second ahead of the second-place swimmer and beat her record-breaking time from 2015 by more than two-tenths of a second. Over the course of her four consecutive golds in the event, beginning in 2013, Small has shaved more than three seconds off her time.

Later in the day, the 200 free relay team of Small, Harnish, Cami Cook and Ilgenfritz won gold in 1:31.90. Small, Ilgenfritz and Harnish later teamed up with Oberlander to win gold in the 400 medley relay in 3:38.69, nearly three seconds faster than the second-place finishers.

Harnish also won a silver medal in the 100 butterfly in :52.87. She finished .44 seconds behind the winner.

There are still two more days left in the five-day event, which concludes on Friday.