York Fires It Up Again on Final Night; Danielle Valley Notches Distance Mark

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, April 6. THE final evening of action at the YMCA Short Course Nationals featured three more YMCA records falling by the wayside.

York's Meghan Small kept on keeping on as she clipped another YMCA standard tonight following her part in three last night. She won the women's 200-yard IM in a time of 1:58.85. That swim edged the previous mark of 1:58.90 set by Susanna White of Lynchburg in 2011. Small's teammate Niki Price put up a 2:01.29 to finish second, while Sarasota's Sophie Cattermole earned third in 2:02.50.

Sarasota's Danielle Valley closed out her dominance of the distance freestyle events this week with a YMCA record in the women's 1650-yard free. Valley raced to a time of 16:04.69, clearing the previous record of 16:04.96 set by WSY's Leah Gingrich way back in 2007. That record was on notice heading into the meet anyway as Valley had a lifetime best 16:01.64 just last November. York's 13-year-old Courtney Harnish placed second in 16:13.98, while Schroeder's Cassy Jernberg claimed third in 16:21.76.

York put another YMCA relay record notch in its belt as Harnish (50.60), Price (50.19), Victoria Griffin (50.11) and Small (48.88) turned in a 3:19.78 in the women's 400-yard free relay. That swim chopped more than two seconds off the previous mark of 3:22.15 set by Middle Tyger in 2011. Sarasota (3;23.25) and Middle Tyger (3:23.53) took second and third in the finale.

Triangle Area's Colin Ellington came up half-a-second short of Woody Joye's YMCA record of 1:47.09 from 2009 in the men's 200-yard IM. Ellington clocked a 1:47.45, while Red Bank's Sam Lynch turned a sixth seed into second place with a 1:48.57. Huntington's Nate Carr picked up third-place honors in 1:48.74.

Sunbury's Adriana Grabski replicated her top-seeded prelim swim of 49.75 with the same time to win the finale in the women's 100-yard free as one of Margo Geer's YMCA record of 48.89 remained untouched after Katrina Konopka took down her 50-yard free earlier in the meet. Middle Tyger's Konopka wound up third tonight in 49.90, while Lakeland Hills' Ingrid Shu touched second in 49.88.

Springfield's Ryan Held swept the sprint frees at YMCAs with a 43.91 to win the 100-yard free. On night one, he became the first man under 20 seconds at the YMCA meet with a 19.92 for the splash-and-dash win. Somerset Valley's Brad Zdroik touched well behind with a 45.21 for second, while Ellington snared his second podium of the night with a third-place 45.31.

Greater Flint's Courtney Weaver raced to victory in the women's 200-yard fly with a 1:57.24. That swim fell less than a second off Hali Flickinger's 2012 YMCA mark of 1:56.52. Waynesboro's Remedy Rule moved from a fifth seed into second with a 1:58.86, cutting more than two seconds off her prelim swim of 2:01.10. Sarasota's Taylor Katz finished third in 1:58.93.

Brandywine's Ben Creekmore prevailed in the men's 200-yard fly with a time of 1:47.95, while prelim top seed Sava Turcanu of Hickory finished second in 1:48.20. Middle Tyger's Justin Mehl earned third with a time of 1:48.82.

Brandon Flynn closed out the final individual event of the meet with a 15:25.64 to win the men's 1650-yard freestyle. Matt O'Donnell finished second in 15:29.80, while Carter Page took home third in a time of 15:33.69.

Triangle Area's Bailey Maloney, Ben Mayes, Noah Franz and Colin Ellington topped the men's 400-yard free relay with a time of 3:02.29. Ocean County finished second in 3:03.15, while Somerset Valley took third in 3:03.31.

In the team title race, Sarasota finished with 847 combined points, while Middle Tyger (624), York (612), Wilton (555) and Somerset Valley (518) finished second through fifth. Wilton topped the men's race with 402 points, while Sarasota claimed the women's race with 535 points.

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