York YMCA swimmers Harnish, Small continue to shine


During Day 4 of the YMCA Short Course Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, it was again all about Courtney Harnish and Meghan Small for the York YMCA team.

West York senior Courtney Harnish has given a verbal commitment to swim for the University of Georgia. She is returning to the Bulldogs' swim team this season after a two-year hiatus.

The two local club swimmers won two gold medals on Thursday, each swimming to an individual event win and then teaming up for a relay victory.

To open the night's finals slate, Harnish, who's a junior at West York, finished just off of her national record in the 500 free, swimming it in a time of 4 minutes, 42.51 seconds. Her record in the event is 4:39.13. Also earning a bronze medal in the event is Harnish's York Y teammate, Leah Braswell, who finished third with a time of 4:46.42.

Then, in the next event for the women, Small continued her dominant week with her sixth gold medal. The Maryland resident, who will swim for Tennessee next year, set a new 100 breast national record with a time of 1:00.24. The previous mark was 1:01.18, with Small beating it by nearly a second.

In the final event of the night, Small, Harnish and Braswell teamed up with Emily Ilgenfritz to earn the York YMCA a gold medal in the 800 free relay. Their winning time of 7:12.16 was more than five seconds faster than the second-place team.

On the men's side, Zach Snyder finished fourth in the 500 free event for the York YMCA. His time of 4:26.73 was less than three seconds off the winner's time.

Friday will conclude the week-long event.