GREENSBORO, North Carolina, April 3. SIX more national records – four on the women’s side and two for the men – fell on the third of four nights of finals at YMCA Nationals at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Individually, Courtney Harnish highlighted the night with her third win of the meet, this time in the 500 free. In the team race, Middle Tyger led the way on the women’s side with 370 points, followed by York (307) and Sarasota (267), while Wilton leads for the men with 283 ahead of Sarasota (199) and Triangle Area (198).
Women’s 200 Medley Relay
In the third women’s relay of the week Middle Tyger put up their third national record. The team of Ali Galyer, Savanna Faulconer, Jessi Snover, and Katrina Konopka put up a time of 1:41.29, taking a second off of the national record of 1:42.27 that York YMCA set last year. Sarasota grabbed second as the Sharks’ team of Sophie Cattermole, Bethany Leap, Michelle Dols, and Madison Jean touched at 1:41.70. Upper Main Line’s Emily Cornell, Emily Harris, Maddie Zimmerman, and Abby Mack grabbed third in 1:42.53.
Men’s 200 Medley Relay
Somerset Valley held off Middle Tyger and Chesire for the win in the men’s 200 medley relay. Brad Zdroik, Zach Warner, Joseph Delbuono, and Samuel Hendrix clocked 1:31.73, while Middle Tyger’s men failed to complete the medley relay sweep. Brad Oberg, Nathan Delahunty, Jack Frazier, and Andrew Delahunty came in second 1:31.73, and Curtis Maher, Matthew Dagenais, Joseph Shepley, and Kyle Neri took third for Cheshire in 1:32.28.
Women’s 500 free
In the first individual event of day three York’s Courtney Harnish became the first triple winner of the meet as she added the 500 free to her earlier crowns in the 1000 free and 400 IM. Harnish won by more than eight seconds and clocked 4:39.13, eclipsing the national record of 4:40.91 that Danielle Valley set last year. Sarasota’s Sophie Cattermole grabbed second in 4:47.16, while York’s 13 year old Leah Braswell touched out Kishwaukee’s Caitlynn Moon for third, 4:47.45 to 4:47.49.
Men’s 500 free
Ian Rainey won the 1000 free on Tuesday and again proved superior in half the distance. Wilton’s Rainey touched first in the 500 free in 4:25.85, more than a second ahead of Westport/Weston’s Jonathan Blansfield, who came in second in 4:27.05. Sarasota’s Drew Clark earned third in 4:27.95.
Women’s 100 breast
After two national records fell in the first two women’s events, Western North Carolina’s Alyssa Arwood missed another by just one one-hundredth of a second in the 100 breast. Arwood clocked 1:01.44, just off the 1:01.43 that Leah Pronschinske clocked in 2010. Sarasota’s Bethany Leap finished second in 1:02.23, just ahead of the 1:02.36 of Triangle Area’s Olivia Ontjes.
Men’s 100 breast
The first men’s national record of the night came down in the men’s 100 breast as Door County’s Conner McHugh had enough to get under Christian Higgins’ national record of 53.69. McHugh put up a 53.47 for that new record, while Somerset Valley’s Zack Warner claimed second in 54.43. Springfield’s Ryan Held came in third at 55.40.
Women’s 200 back
In a reverse finish of Wednesday’s 100 back, York’s Meghan Small got the better of Countryside’s Emily Slabe in the 200 back and broke her own national record in the process. Small, who also won the 200 free on Wednesday, put up a 1:54.01, while Slabe’s 1:54.64 also got under the 1:54.76 that Small set last year. Schroeder’s Ashlyn Schoof, meanwhile, came in third at 1:55.54.
Men’s 200 back
Middle Tyger’s Brad Oberg got the touch in an extremely tight finish in the men’s 200 back. Oberg finished in 1:46.02, just two one-hundredths of a second ahead of Edwardsville’s Sean Workman. Workman checked in at 1:46.04, while Schroeder’s Nick Peterson wasn’t far back, as he came in third at 1:46.53.
Women’s 800 free relay
For the fourth straight women’s relay event a national record went down, but York, with a squad including two individual winners from the evening, got the better of Middle Tyger in the 800 free. Leah Braswell, Niki Price, Courtney Harnish, and Meghan Small clocked 7:10.38 for the win, crushing the national record of 7:14.17 they set last year. Katrina Konopka, Jessi Snover, Sydney Baker, and Meredith Whisenhunt picked up second for Middle Tyger in 7:15.80, while Sarasota’s Sophie Cattermole, Spence Atkins, Bethany Leap, and Madison Jean clocked 7:21.01 for third.
Men’s 800 free relay
Night three of four came to a close with yet another national record as Chris Kohut, Jonathan Glavich, Colin Ellington, and Noah Franz touched in 6:37.11 in the 800 free relay to clip the 6:37.17 their teammates set in 2011. Wilton finished second in 6:40.14 with Maxwell Dolan, Ian Rainey, Tommy Kealy, and Stephen Holmquist. Countryside’s Matt Slabe, Kevin George, Ross Westrick, and Grant House finished third in 6:42.55.