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, 505-5446/@ydsportsCourtney Harnish

Courtney Harnish has decided to follow in Hali Flickinger’s Olympic footsteps.

Harnish, a standout senior swimmer from West York High School, has given her verbal commitment to compete for the University of Georgia.

The powerhouse Bulldogs program helped mold Flickinger, a Spring Grove High School graduate, into an 2016 Olympian. Flickinger finished seventh in the Rio Games in the 200-meter butterfly.

Now, with the addition of Harnish, the York County-to-Georgia pipeline will continue to flow.


, 505-5432/@JohnJoyceYDParade for Olympian Hali Flickinger

Residents lined Main Street in downtown Spring Grove this Labor Day to honor hometown hero and Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger as she rode past seated atop the the rear of yellow convertible Chevy Corvette in the town’s holiday parade.

Long before Flickinger placed seventh in the women’s 200-meter butterfly at the 2016 Summer Olypmics in Rio, she was Hali from Spring Grove.

Today she is an Olympic swimmer, an inspiration to her community and, on Monday, grand marshal of her own parade.



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.



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.


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.


, 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.


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.



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


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.



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.