Alex Walsh Breaks 6-Year Old National Age Group Record in 200 Breast


  • March 1st-3rd, 2019
  • Alan Jones Aquatic Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 25y, prelims/finals
  • Real-Time Results
  • Psych Sheets

In the next girls’ open event after her sister Gretchen broke the National Age Group Record in the 100 free, 17-year old Alex Walsh took down a record of her own. She swam a 2:05.87 in the 200 breaststroke, which breaks the old 17-18 record of 2:05.99 set in 2013 by Annie Zhu. According to USA Swimming, that ranks her as the 16th-fastest swimmer of any age in the history of the event.

Zhu was a freshman in college when she swam her time, at the 2013 SEC Championships, whereas Walsh is still just a junior in high school. That wound up being the fastest time of Zhu’s career.

Comparative Splits:

Alex Walsh Annie Zhu
New Record Old Record
1st 50 28.53 28.71
2nd 50 31.54 (1:00.07) 32.25 (1:00.96)
3rd 50 32.47 32.34
4th 50 33.33 32.69
Total 2:05.87 2:05.99

Walsh was out almost a second faster than Zhu was in her record. While she paid on the back-half of her swim, she still held on to just out-touch the metaphorical record line.

Alex Walsh is part of the new breed of super-versatile swimmer whose range knows no bounds. Evidence of that comes in that she split 23.64 in the 50 backstroke leading off Nashville’s record-setting relay on Saturday. For comparison’s sake: only 3 swimmers split faster than that at NCAAs last year. One, Ally Howe, won the 100 back NCAA title and is the 2nd-fastest swimmer ever in the 100 back. Another, Kathleen Baker, is the World Record holder in the 100 back in long course. Walsh was within a tenth of them both. (The 3rd was Indiana senior Ally Rockett).

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2 years ago

Any videos from this meet??

Reply to  Hswimmer
2 years ago

Foster’s dad always post their videos on YouTube

2 years ago

I can’t even wrap my head around that kind of versatility.

2 years ago

Name a faster duo…I’ll wait… (that being Gretchen and Alex)

Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

The Campbell sisters…..what do I win?

Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Boom. Nicely done. Then again, the Walshes are just 16 & 17 right now. We don’t know their ceiling yet . . . given what we’re seeing now, who’s to say they won’t experience international stardom?

Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

C1 had an unbelievable 50 and 100 free times aged 15 …….24.13 and 53.30 long course

Reply to  Thomas
2 years ago

Would be nice to see a comparison of the Walsh Sisters to the Foster Brothers. Which set is more impressive? Who has more NAGs? Who has better long term potential?

Reply to  RS1234
2 years ago

The Foster bros are amazing, but I don’t think only Carson is setting indv. NAGs. The Walshes are both breaking NAGs

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