Courtney Harnish, Ross Dant Top Distance Events at 2017 YMCA SC Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

The 2017 YMCA National Short Course Championships splashed into action with the men’s and women’s 1000 yard free.

York delivered a 1-2 punch in the women’s 1000 free with top finishes from Courtney Harnish and Leah Braswell. Harnish stopped the clock at a 9:39.92 for first, while Braswell was second with a 9:48.55. Sunbury’s Abigail Doss finished third overall with a time of 9:49.11.

Event 103  Women 1000 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                  Age Team                 Seed     Finals        
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  1 Courtney Harnish       17 York-PA           9:45.66    9:39.92  
  2 Leah Braswell          16 York-PA           9:35.71    9:48.55  
  3 Abigail Doss           15 Sunbury-PA       10:04.21    9:49.11  
  4 Sarah Grinalds         16 Westport/Weston   9:58.90    9:53.94  
  5 Abbey Erwin            17 Boise-ID          9:47.37    9:54.59  
  6 Emma Weyant            15 Sarasota-FL      10:05.49    9:59.18  
  7 Nicole Welch           16 North Shore-MA   10:06.17    9:59.54  
  8 Catherine Buroker      17 Wilton-CT        10:12.41    9:59.74

On the men’s side it was Ross Dant of Hickory with the only sub-9 minute swim. Dant turned in a final 8:57.64 to finish more than three seconds ahead of the competition. Wilton’s Robby Giller was second overall with a 9:01.12, followed by Somerset Valley’s Ryan Waters’ 9:07.48.

Event 104  Men 1000 Yard Freestyle
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    Name                  Age Team                 Seed     Finals        
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  1 Ross Dant              16 Hickory -nc       9:07.66    8:57.64  
  2 Robby Giller           17 Wilton-CT         9:11.01    9:01.12  
  3 Ryan Waters            17 SomersetValleyNJ  9:11.43    9:07.48  
  4 Arik Katz              15 Sarasota-FL       9:28.68    9:08.96  
  5 Christopher Smith      18 Red Bank - NJ     9:06.44    9:14.59  
  6 Brendan Firlie         17 Sarasota-FL       9:29.30    9:18.35  
  7 Josh Cohen             16 FanwoodScotch-NJ  9:21.85    9:18.74  
  8 Nicolas Ortega         17 Westport/Weston   9:28.27    9:18.82
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    Dunc1952

    Harnish moves into #26 all time in 17-18 ranks;

    Dant, possibly deserving a bit more acknowledgement than just “…the only sub-9 min swim,” moved into #7 all-time in 15-16 ranks.

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