District 3 swimmers enjoyed an excellent meet at the 2013-2014 PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University, collecting 14 gold medals.

On the meet’s fourth and final day, District 3 won just one gold medal, but it resulted in a spectacular record.  West York freshman Courtney Harnish won the Class AA Girls 500 freestyle in 4:40.04, breaking the former record of 4:43.93 by Ambridge’s Lindsay Vrooman by nearly 4 seconds.  It was Harnish’s second gold medal and second PIAA record; she won the Class AA Girls 200 freestyle the previous day in a time of 1:45.91.


District 3 won five Class AA gold medals overall.


Trinity sophomore Bradley Buchter won his second straight PIAA Class AA Boys 1-meter diving championship with a score of 557.30.  That surpassed the PIAA record he set last year as a freshman at 533.05.


The Trinity boys 200 medley relay team also won gold in 1:36.99.  Ian DiCarlo, Henry Tanguay, Anthony Capper and Lucas Haywood comprised the championship team.


As noted above, West York freshman Courtney Harnish set a PIAA record in the Class AA Girls 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.91.


Rebecca Luft of Northern York won her school’s first PIAA swimming championship with a 54.91 in the Class AA girls 100 butterfly.


In Class AAA, Hershey capped a outstanding meet by winning 4 of the five Class AAA girls events in the pool while Cumberland Valley’s Sabrina Mortell won the Class AAA girls 500 freestyle in 4:52.55 to make it a District 3 sweep.


Hershey’s Meaghan Raab ended her spectacular career with a pair of state records.  Raab won the Class AAA girls 100 backstroke in 53.08, then swam the anchor leg on the 400 freestyle team that finished in 3:21.34.   Kaley Buchanan, Vivi Tafuto and Madelyn Veith swam the first three legs of the 400 FR.


Veith and Tafuto also won open even golds on Thusday. Veith won the Class AAA girls 100 freestyle in 50.45 while Tafuto won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.81.


On the meetsopn’ ieng day, Raab won the Class AAA girls 200 IM in record time (1:57.13) and led off the winning 200 medley relay followed by Tafuto, Gabi Broschard and Collette Robinson, which set a record in 1:42.09.  Veith won the Class AAA girls 50 freestyle (23.13) while Northeastern’s Niki Price won her second straight Class AAA girls 100 butterfly (54.61).


Hershey’s 8 champions in one meet is a PIAA girls record.