2014 YMCA Nationals – Women’s 400 IM – Reported by SwimSwam
14-year-old Courtney Harnish continues to improve, dropping 3.3 seconds from her already-lifetime-best prelims swim to win the 400 IM. The York YMCA product went 4:11.93, thanks to some big front-half swimming. She split 55.5 on butterfly and 1:01.9 on backstroke on the way there. What’s scary is that Harnish can be much, much better in this event with some improvement to her 1:18.4 breaststroke leg.
Top seed Savanna Faulconer of Middle Tyger was a close second in 4:12.39. She fell behind Harnish early but clawed her way back into the race on breaststroke, splitting 1:09.5 there. She couldn’t match Harnish’s closing speed, but still went a lifetime-best by two seconds, and she’s only 15.
Sophie Cattermole went 4:17.57 to take third, just beating Waynesboro’s Remedy Rule (4:18.42, fourth).
Also notable was Marah Pugh, who dropped four seconds from her prelims time to win the B final at 4:19.47, the fifth-fastest overall.