Alex Walsh Blasts 1:54.02 200IM to Grab 15-16 NAG


Just hours after her younger sister Gretchen downed the 13-14 50 free National Age Group record (NAG) in Thursday’s prelims, going 22.26, 16-year-old Alex Walsh nabbed her own NAG in the 200IM finals.

Her 1:54.02 just barely snuck under Dagny Knutson‘s longstanding record from December 2008 — 1:54.03. Walsh also owns the 13-14 NAG (1:56.20), set at the 2015 Speedo East Winter Junior Nationals.

Walsh took her fly out in a 25.52, threw down a 28.45 back split, then 33.61 in breast, then brought it home in 26.44. She was over three seconds ahead of the second place I swimmer, Olivia Carter, who went 1:57.91. In third was Kate Douglass with a 1:58.32.

Her previous best — also the previous meet record — was 1:54.48, swum last year at the 2016 Speedo East Winter Junior Nationals. In that swim, she split 26.02 / 28.74 / 32.11 / 27.61.

The following are the new top five 200IMs in 15-16 history:

  1. Alex Walsh, 2017 — 1:54.02
  2. Dagny Knutson, 2008 — 1:54.03
  3. Meghan Small, 2015 — 1:54.25
  4. Elizabeth Pelton, 2010 — 1:54.47
  5. Jasmine Tosky, 2011 — 1:54.80



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2 years ago

The splits listed add up to 1:56. Instead of the ones for her 1:54 race

Reply to  JimSwim
2 years ago

Her actual splits were 25.55, 28.45, 33.61, 26.44.

George M
2 years ago

All of first, Alex Walsh is my hero

Tammy Touchpad Error
2 years ago

She reminds me of Thleen Baker except with better breaststroke instead of back. Which is funny cauee I was under the impression that she was a Backstroker until i realised 59.2 wasn’t her best time this morning. 22 low also?

I had almost written A Walsh off in favour of Reagen Smith until yesterday. Future is very bright for USA swimming…

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