YMCA Short Course National Championships: Josh Fleagle, Middle Tyger Set YMCA Records; York Leads Combined Team Tally

GREENSBORO, North Carolina, April 2. THE YMCA Short Course National Championships kicked off in Greensboro with a pair of YMCA records falling during the evening. Meanwhile, York YMCA led the combined team tally with 258 points. Middle Tyger (228), Sarasota (195), Lakeland Hills (141) and Somerset Hills (138) rounded out the top five combined team totals.

Auglaize Mercer's Josh Fleagle smashed the YMCA record in the men's 50 free with a strong time of 20.19. That performance far surpassed the 20.33 set by Schroeder's Mitchell Friedemann in 2010. Triangle Area's Joe Bonk touched second in 20.40, while Crescenta-Canada's Fred Abramyan placed third in 20.50.

Montgomery's Sarah Reynolds won the women's 100-yard back in 53.86, just missing Kendall Crawford's 2011 meet record of 53.73. Sarasota's Ashlee Linn placed second in 54.22, while York's Sada Stewart earned third in 54.32. Crawford, notably, placed fifth in 55.09. Linn followed up with a 2:00.16 to win the women's 200 IM. Greater Flint's Courtney Weaver placed second in 2:01.16, while Stewart picked up another third-place honor with a 2:02.07.

Upper Main Line's Nic Graesser topped the men's 100 back in 48.36, while Lakeland Hills' Luke Papendick took second in 49.08. Red Bank's Sam Lynch finished third in 49.16. Green Bay's John Bushman turned in a 1:48.98 to win the men's 200 IM. Lynch placed second in 1:50.80 for his second podium of the night, while Crescenta-Canada's Harrison Thai wound up third in 1:50.94.

Sarasota's Danielle Valley touched in 4:43.58 for the women's 500 free victory. York's Hali Flickinger finished second in 4:46.71, while Middle Tyger's Haley Lips wound up third in 4:46.84. York's Noah Martin dominated the men's 500 free with a 4:22.69. Sarasota's Derek Pridemore touched second in 4:25.93, while Sarasota's Alexander Katz placed third in 4:26.52.

Middle Tyger's Katrina Konopka just missed the YMCA record in the women's 50 free with a 22.69 for the win. That effort came up short of the 22.67 set by Margo Geer in 2010, and she has become a strong component of Arizona's sprint group on the collegiate level. New Canaan's Maddie Rusch finished second in 23.26, while Somerset Hills' Jenna Immormino took third in 23.30.

Middle Tyger's Kendall Crawford, Lauryl Williams, Haley Lips and Katrina Konopka raced to victory in the women's 200 medley relay with a 1:43.49. Meanwhile, York's Sada Stewart, Meghan Small, Hali Flickinger and Niki Price clocked a second-place 1:43.80 as both top teams cleared the YMCA record of 1:43.94 set by YOTA back in 2006. Somerset Hills' Jenna Immormino, Celia Frick, Isabelle Cecere and Maya Scheidl claimed third in 1:44.20.

Upper Main Line's Nic Graesser, Louis Seefeld, Alex Schon and Matt Luminais topped the men's 200 medley relay in 1:32.34. Somerset Valley's Dylan Sali, Victor Luo, Jeffrey Donovin and Brad Zdroik took second in 1:32.64, while Lakeland Hills' Luke Papendick, Brendan Crystal, Loring Bowen and Garrett Pullis placed third in 1:33.15