Archive for the ‘Swimming’ Category

YORK DISPATCH STAFF REPORTHali Flickinger

Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger will be honored by the York Revolution on Monday, September 5, as the Spring Grove native concludes a triumphant return to her hometown after representing the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The 200-meter butterfly competitor will arrive at PeoplesBank Park after celebrations in Spring Grove and participate in pregame ceremonies before the Revolution’s 5 p.m. game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

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YORK DISPATCH STAFF REPORTJohn Nelson

The YMCA of York and York County announced Wednesday that John Nelson has been named head coach and director of competitive swimming, succeeding Michael Brooks.

Brooks has accepted a similar position with a club in North Carolina.

Nelson has served as an assistant coach under Brooks for three years, helping to elevate the program to national prominence.

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Cammile Adams, Hali Flickinger

Hali Flickinger didn’t earn a medal at the Rio Olympics.

She finished seventh in the 200-meter butterfly final on Wednesday night.

The Spring Grove High School graduate, however, still earned something that she can cherish forever — the respect and admiration of thousands of folks in York County and beyond.

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, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerRick Beck, right, takes a photo as his wife Theresa,

SPRING GROVE — As Spring Grove’s Hali Flickinger competed in the women’s 200-meter butterfly final at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday evening, her younger brother, Chase, was back home, rooting her on.

As Flickinger tried to keep pace with the rest of the eight-swimmer final field, Chase was shouting “Let’s Go!” and “Pick it up!”

Despite Chase’s words of encouragement from more than 3,000 miles away, Flickinger couldn’t quite keep pace with the speed of her opponents in the final, finishing seventh in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2 minutes, 7.71 seconds.

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PATRICK STROHECKER, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerWatch party

Spring Grove High School graduate Hali Flickinger will swim for Olympic gold on Wednesday night.

Flickinger finished in fourth place in the second 200-meter butterfly semifinal on Tuesday night with a time of 2 minutes, 7.02 seconds. That still qualified her for Wednesday night’s final as the sixth-fastest time out of the 16-swimmer semifinal field. The top eight times made it to the final.

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YORK DISPATCH STAFF REPORTFlickinger

The Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce will host a watch party in Spring Grove on Tuesday night to help cheer on Hali Flickinger as she competes in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Flickinger, who is a graduate of Spring Grove High School and a former member of the York YMCA, will swim on Tuesday in the 200-meter butterfly event. If she makes it through the preliminary swim on Tuesday afternoon as one of the top-16 swimmers, she will then compete in the semifinals on Tuesday night, when she’ll have her hometown fans cheering her on. The prelims are set for noon on Tuesday and can be streamed online at NBCSports.com.

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Hali Flickinger (left) was part of the 4x200 free relay

Hali Flickinger could’ve been sitting in her parents’ warm house in Spring Grove, enjoying her winter break, while resting and preparing for the grind of her final swimming season at the University of Georgia.

Instead, she chose to spend it in the pool. The same pool at the York YMCA’s Graham Aquatic Center where she swam in middle school and high school. The same pool where she developed into an internationally recognized athlete, as well as an NCAA Division I recruit.

Every day, she made the 15-minute commute and swam with boys and girls seven or eight years her junior, never once letting her training dip. On days when York YMCA head coach Michael Brooks let his swimmers off from two-a-day practices, Flickinger pressed on and trained on her own.

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YORK DISPATCH STAFF REPORT

Coach Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks, the highly successful swimming coach at the York YMCA, is leaving the club to take over the same role at the North Carolina Aquatic Club.

Brooks will replace Sean Quinn at NCAC after serving as the York YMCA head coach since October 2006. The NCAC is based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and competes out of the University of North Carolina’s Koury Natatorium.

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Patrick Strohecker, 505-5402/@P_StroheckerWest York senior Courtney Harnish was rated the nation's

Rising West York High School senior Courtney Harnish is used to standing atop podiums after swim meets.

Now, she sits atop another noteworthy podium — Swim Swam’s official Class of 2017 recruiting rankings. Harnish is rated the No. 1 girls’ college swimming recruit in the nation for the Class of 2017, as of July 1, the official beginning to the recruiting period for the upcoming senior class.

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YORK DISPATCH STAFF REPORT AND WIRE REPORTMeghan Small

The York YMCA’s Meghan Small will swim in Wednesday night’s 200-meter individual medley final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Small, who is from Lineboro, Maryland, and is committed to swim at the University of Tennessee next year, qualified seventh with a time of 2 minutes, 13.00 seconds in her semifinal heat. The top eight in the 16-swimmer semifinals advanced to Wednesday’s final.

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