GREENSBORO, North Carolina, April 4. THE second night of action at the YMCA Short Course National Championships had just two YMCA records, but the swimming proved to be stellar nonetheless in Greensboro.
York's Meghan Small nearly tracked down a Margo Geer record tonight in the women's 200-yard free with a 1:46.58. That swim fell just short of Geer's 2010 mark of 1:46.20 for Springfield. As previous noted, Geer moved onto some remarkable NCAA success after her YMCA time. Last month, she swept the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships. Sunbury's Adriana Grabski, who qualified first in prelims, took second in 1:46.93. Greater Flint's Anna Wujciak clinched third in 1:47.68. Wujciak has already committed to Yale after she completes her senior season this year. Meanwhile, Brandywine's Ben Creekmore touched out Sarasota's Alex Katz, 1:36.86 to 1:36.98, in the men's 200-yard free. Upper Main Line's Vlad Komarov clinched third in 1:38.36.
Sarasota's Danielle Valley, who already won the 1000-yard free last night, raced to victory in the women's 400-yard IM this evening in 4:10.00. That swim came up just a bit short of Hali Flickinger's 4:09.30 from 2011. Flickinger went on to help Georgia win the NCAA team title last month in Indianapolis. York 13-year-old Courtney Harnish finished second in 4:15.85, while Sarasota's Bethany Leap clinched third in 4:18.67.
York's Brandon Flynn turned in a 3:51.76 to capture the men's 400-yard IM crown this evening. Huntington's Nate Carr finished second in 3:53.39. Carr's on his way to West Virginia University after this season. Wilton's Maxwell Dolan earned third in 3:53.68.
Greater Flint's Courtney Weaver, the top recruit out of Michigan per CollegeSwimming.com, just missed lowering her YMCA record in the women's 100-yard fly with a 53.30 this evening. She clipped her mark during prelims with a 53.22 to dip under her 2012 standard of 53.26. Middle Tyger's Jessi Snover raced to second in 54.13, while Upper Main Line's Maddie Zimmerman touched third in 54.46.
Red Bank's Sam Lynch crushed the finale in the men's 100-yard fly with a 47.40 for the win. Schroeder's Nick Petersen touched second in 48.58, while West Monmouth's Michael Skibniewski placed third in 49.09.
In relay action, York's Harnish (1:48.58), Emily Ilgenritz (1:49.40), Niki Price (1:50.75) and Meghan Small (1:45.44) won the women's 800-yard free relay in 7:14.17. That swim demolished the YMCA record of 7:16.25 set by Sarasota back in 2011. Sarasota's Valley (1:47.85), Hannah James (1:48.81), Sophie Cattermole (1:48.80) and Taylor Katz (1:48.77) nearly won the race with a second-place 7:14.23. Schroeder wound up taking third in 7:22.95.
Sarasota's Liam McKane (1:41.31), Katz (1:38.13), Matt O'Donnell (1:41.37) and Carter Page (1:40.55) picked up the men's 800-yard free relay title in 6:41.36. Triangle Area touched second in 6:43.64, while York clinched third in 6:44.49.