Nine kids from the York YMCA swim team traveled to Florida for the Orlando Grand Prix last weekend and once again did very well against international competition.

York Y coach Michael Brooks sent the following information via email from the meet, which involved swimmers from Canada, Hungary, Mexico, and Latin America.

For starters, the York Y girls foursome of Courtney Harnish, Meghan Small, Emily Ilgenfritz and Niki Price won all three relays in the a 50-meter long course pool. The relay times were as follows: 400 free relay in 3:52.77, 800 free relay in 8:21.24 and the 400 medley relay in 4:21.39.

Harnish won five individual medals, including her third-place time of 4:12.41 in the 400 free, which was the fourth fastest time ever swam by a girl 14 & under. She also earned bronze in the 800 free (8:39.11), was fifth in the 200 free (2:01.80), sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:15.54), and seventh in the 400 individual medley (4:53.54).

Small scored a fourth-place medal in the 200 IM with her swim of 2:16.30 and Brooks notes that all of the above times were faster than the Olympic Trials qualifying standards in 2012.

Small also went 2:02.87 in the 200 free (10th place), 1:03.56 in the 100 back (11th), 1:02.77 in the 100 fly (12th) and 2:20.52 in the 200 back (16th) after going 2:18.75 in preliminaries.

Brooks also mentioned that in her first big meet, 13-year-old Leah Braswell placed 20th in the 800 free with a 9:07.87.

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