West York's Courtney Harnish to swim for Georgia

Steve Heiser
  • Courtney Harnish has given a verbal commitment to swim for Georgia.
  • She follows in the footsteps of Hali Flickinger, who also swam for the Bulldogs.
  • Georgia is the defending NCAA Division I women's swimming champion.

Courtney Harnish has decided to follow in Hali Flickinger's Olympic footsteps.

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.

Harnish, a standout senior swimmer from West York High School, has given her verbal commitment to compete for the University of Georgia.

The powerhouse Bulldogs program helped mold Flickinger, a Spring Grove High School graduate, into an 2016 Olympian. Flickinger finished seventh in the Rio Games in the 200-meter butterfly.

Now, with the addition of Harnish, the York County-to-Georgia pipeline will continue to flow.

In an Instgram post on Sunday night, Harnish said: “Very excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Georgia next fall. Can't wait to be a part of such an amazing team. #GoDawgs.”

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Harnish was recently rated the No. 1 girls' high school swimming recruit in the nation by Swim Swam. It was the second straight season a York YMCA swimmer won the award. Harnish followed in the footsteps of Meghan Small in 2016. Small will swim for Tennessee this fall.

Harnish swam for West York High School during her freshman year, qualifying for the PIAA Class AA state championships and setting a couple of state records in the process. However, she elected not to swim for her school team as a sophomore and junior, choosing to swim solely for the York YMCA to focus on competing in international competition for Team USA, as well as prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Previously, however, Harnish has said she plans to swim for the Bulldogs in her upcoming senior season.

Harnish helped the York YMCA women's team to the short course YMCA national title this April. She is the defending champion in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. She also holds YMCA national records in all three of those events. In 2015 she won those three plus the 1,000 free. She also showed her sprint speed as a member of three YMCA national championship-winning relays, including a record-setting 200 freestyle relay.

Courtney Harnish

Harnish will join a Georgia program that has become a national power under head coach Jack Bauerle.

The Bulldogs are the defending NCAA Division I women's swimming champions and have won three of the last four NCAA women's crowns. Overall, the Georgia women own seven NCAA women's swimming titles.

Flickinger, who also swam for the York YMCA, was a part of three NCAA title teams while with Georgia.

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Harnish could not be immediately reached for comment.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.