Northeastern's Niki Price will return this week to the place where she recorded history.

The Bobcats' senior became the first female swimmer from her school to win a state swimming title.

Price captured the Class AAA 100-yard butterfly crown during the 2013 Class AAA girls' meet at Bucknell University.

The swimmers will be back at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium this week for the 2014 state championships.

The Class AAA competition, girls and boys, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The swimmers from AA schools, meanwhile, will compete for medals on Friday and Saturday.

Price is tied for third in the seeded times for the 100 fly with a performance of 55.69 seconds. However, she went more than a second faster last year to win the championship.

The 100 butterfly isn't the only event where Price is in the hunt for a gold medal.

She's seeded second in the 100 freestyle with a time of :50.64, which is just one-hundredth of a second behind top-seeded Katie Ford of Mount Lebanon.

While Price will close out her high school career at Bucknell, another female swimmer from York County will enter her first state meet with the top times in two Class AA events.

West York freshman Courtney Harnish, who electrified the crowd at the District 3 Meet with two record-breaking swims, is seeded first in the 200 freestyle (1:47:16) and 500 freestyle (4:44:62).

Harnish could possibly take down two more records in the most prestigious meet of the season.


The Class AA state girls' record in the 200 free is 1:47:05 and the 500 free mark is 4:43.93.

In the AA girls' meet, York Suburban's 200 medley relay team of Carson Gross, Megan Hunt, Emily Schmittle and Anna Schmittle is seeded second, and the Suburban team of Will Massey, John Spinello, Matt Spinello and Alex Fridman holds the third-fastest time in the Boys' AA 200 medley relay.

In the AAA girls' meet, Dallastown's Kacey Oberlander is seeded third in the 100 backstroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley.

The Dallastown boys' swimmers, who dominated the York-Adams Honor Roll all season, will undoubtedly make their presence felt in the medal chase at the ultra-fast Class AAA meet. The Wildcats are coming off a strong showing in the District 3 Meet, where they placed second to a powerhouse Hershey team.

— Dick VanOlinda writes about high school sports for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at