Courtney Harnish Explains 3 500’s in One Day (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.



Early Heats- Virginia’s Jenn Marrkand had a big swim from heat 6, dropping a 4:35.53 to lead the way into the circle seeded heats. That was a 4-second drop for her. Stanford’s Megan Byrnes was also sub-4:40 there in 4:38.87. NC State’s Tamila Holub made a big drop to win heat 2, knocking 3.5 seconds off her time to win it in 4:40.22. Teammate Anna Jahns dropped about 3 seconds in 4:40.99. Minnesota’s Chantal Nack dropped over a second in 4:40.47.

*We have a TIE for 16th at 4:38.87 between Georgia’s Courtney Harnish and Stanford’s Megan Byrnes*


WINNER: Courtney Harnish (Georgia)- 4:45.33

Stanford’s Megan Byrnes and Georgia’s Courtney Harnish were neck-and-neck through the 300. Byrnes started to make a move, taking a slight lead, but Harnish fought back with 100 yards to go. She took over the lead heading into the final 50, but Byrnes pulled back up down the final stretch. It was a close call at the finish, but Harnish held off Byrnes by a nail to win 4:45.33 to 4:45.38.


Penn State’s Ally McHugh dropped almost 2 more seconds off her best time, winning the B heat in 4:36.17. Georgia’s Courtney Harnish was also sub-4:37. In her 3rd 500 free of the day, she put up her fastest time of the day in 4:36.91.

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Very disappointing meet for she & Georgia. They really dropped down from last year.


Courtney had a great year and as many swimmers find out, freshman year is an adjustment. Katie Drabot, Beata Nelson, Erika Brown are a testament to gaining experience and coming back stronger sophomore year. Georgia had some great swims outperforming seeds and will be stronger next year.


100% Brown didn’t qualify, Nelson didn’t score, and Drabot had one disappointing B final finish after adding time. This year, they were all triple A final swimmers which is no easy feat.


Honestly, I am impressed with Courtney. It is not unusual for freshmen to regress somewhat at NCs, and I thought it was pretty great she managed to go a 4:36 in her third 500 of that day. Her other events were slightly off, but not by huge or unexpected margins.

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