Archive for the ‘Swimming’ Category


Courtney Harnish

West York High School senior Courtney Harnish was named the PIAA Class 2-A Girls’ Swimmer of the Meet on Friday afternoon at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

Harnish added a second 2017 state gold medal on Friday, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 54.03 seconds, which was nearly 2 1/2 seconds ahead of the next closest competitor.

Harnish also won gold on Thursday in the 200 freestyle.



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Central York vs Dallastown swimming

LEWISBURG — Jacob Stoner walked out of Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium on Sunday with his head held high.

Yes, the Dallastown High School senior called it “bittersweet” that his swimming career had ended.

He exited the complex with plenty to be proud of, though.


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Courtney Harnish

LEWISBURG — Courtney Harnish is finishing up her scholastic swimming career a lot like she started it.

Collecting gold medals and setting state records.

Harnish, a senior at West York High School, broke her own record in the Class 2-A 200-yard freestyle — in an outstanding time of 1 minute, 44.73 seconds — during Thursday’s PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.


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As winter storm Stella barreled through Pennsylvania on Tuesday, it put a freeze on the PIAA basketball playoffs.

The second round of the state tournament was supposed to take place Tuesday and Wednesday nights, but all of those games were postponed until Thursday. It also forced this weekend’s quarterfinal round to be condensed into just Saturday, instead of Friday and Saturday.


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Dallastown vs West York swimming

The last time she competed in the District 3 Swimming Championships, West York’s Courtney Harnish won two gold medals and set a pair of records in the process.

That was three years ago, when Harnish was just a freshman.

She’s back with the high school team this year after spending the past two seasons swimming exclusively for her club team at the York YMCA.


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High school sports drive our winter coverage.

That’s no big secret.

It’s dictated by the frenzied fan interest in the exploits of our young York County athletes.

If you wanted proof of that prep passion, all you had to do was try to squeeze into one of the packed local gyms during the recent boys’ basketball playoffs, or witness the large Giant Center crowds for both District 3 basketball and wrestling.

At the same time, however, the county winter sports scene does not begin and end with high school athletics.


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NEWVILLE — One would think that there was a ton of pressure on West York’s Erica Sarver during Wednesday’s District 3 Class 2-A Diving Championships.

First, Sarver was chasing a bit of history as the two-time defending District 3 champion.

Second, the points that diving will bring to the District 3 Girls’ Swimming and Diving Championship team score may well decide if the Bulldogs claim the district team title.