GameTimePA.com presents the top girls' swimmers from the 2017 season. Sean Heisey, GameTimePA.com
Grace Beierschmitt, Dover, so.
Beierschmitt earned gold and silver in the YAIAA sprinting races and qualified for states in both events. At districts, the sophomore finished third and fifth in the 50 and 100 freestyles, respectively, in Class 2A.
Lindsay Brenneman, Dover, sr.
Brenneman capped her Eagles career with a trip to states in the distance events. She won a bronze medal in the 500 free and took fourth in the 200 free at districts after placing third in both at the league meet.
Meghan French, West York, so.
French won a district 2A silver medal in the 500 free, the day after she took fifth in the 200 free. She closed the season in grand fashion by placing sixth in the 500 at states, and she swam on the Bulldogs’ 400 free relay that finished fourth.
Courtney Harnish, West York, sr.
Harnish will go down as one of the most prolific swimmers in YAIAA history, despite competing for the Bulldogs for only two of her four years. She will head to the University of Georgia with numerous YAIAA records, three District 3 Class 2A records and two PIAA marks. In March, she took home gold medals in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke at both the district and state meets, and she was named the 2A girls' Swimmer of the Meet at states for the second time. Individually and on relays, Harnish also helped West York finish the PIAA championship tied for second in the team points standings.
Jenna Hufnagle, York Suburban, sr.
An illness kept Hufnagle out of her final PIAA Class 2A championship meet, but she can take heart in her District 3 silver medal in the 100 butterfly. She also swam on the Trojans’ medley relay that took fourth at districts.
Megan Hunt, York Suburban, sr.
Hunt earned a pair bronze medals at the district meet, taking third in both the 200 free and 100 breaststroke. She also swam on both district medal-winning relays. She made a trip to states in both individual events and took 10th in the breaststroke.
Abigayle Keating, Spring Grove, sr.
At the YAIAA championships, Keating turned some heads by winning the 200 individual medley then placing second behind Harnish in the 500 free. She qualified for the Class 3A district meet in both events.
Claudia Keller, West York, sr.
A huge part of the Bulldogs’ relays, Keller earned bronze in the 200 individual medley at districts and was seventh in the 100 backstroke. She also won the YAIAA title in that event.
Jessie McMurray, York Catholic, fr.
McMurray started her high school career with a bang, earning a district silver medal in the 100 breaststroke and earning a ninth-place finish at states. She also placed seventh in the IM at districts.
Madison Nalls, Eastern York, jr.
The district's 500 free champion in Class 2A, Nalls also won a silver behind Harnish in the 200. Two weeks later, she repeated that performance at states with a silver medal in the 200 and a fourth-place finish in the 500.
Erica Sarver, West York, sr.
The San Diego State-bound senior dove to a state title a few weeks after capturing her third District 3 and YAIAA crowns. She was one of two PIAA gold medalists for the YAIAA. Sarver closed her high school career as likely the most successful female diver in league history.
Tesia Thomas, West York, fr.
A rare sprinter-breaststroke combination swimmer, the freshman was third in the 50 free at the league meet and fourth at districts and reached states. She was also a big part of the relays, especially the Bulldogs’ 200 medley relay that earned district silver.
Jena Woods, Dallastown, sr.
Woods was one of the YAIAA’s most versatile swimmers, as her rack of YAIAA medals would show. The Wildcats did not lose a YAIAA dual meet during her four years.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Nicole Flowers, West York
Flowers had the luxury of coaching both of the YAIAA's state champion swimmers in in Harnish and Sarver. But that's just the tip of the iceberg for a loaded Bulldogs squad. Flowers sent a total of five individuals and two relay teams to the state meet, where West York finished in second place in the team standings. She earns her second straight Coach of the Year nod.
Biglerville: Sarah Hardy
Central York: Micah Sopko
Dallastown: Araby Marston, Morgan Merrifield
Delone Catholic: Caroline Dudenhoeffer
Gettysburg: Olivia Cowden, Taylor Howery
Northeastern: Lauren Williamson
Red Lion: Jessica Sun
Susquehannock: Kaitlyn Baer
West York: Maddi Stoner
York Catholic: Claire Laux
York Suburban: Maddy Abel, Havannah Suarez, Keelie Walker, Cara Zortman
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