Alex Walsh Breaks Gretchen Walsh’s State Record; Boys’ TISCA Ends in a Tie



  1. Baylor- 295
  2. Harpeth Hall- 220
  3. Maryville High- 196
  4. Ensworth- 121
  5. Brentwood High- 120


  1. (TIE- CHAMPIONS) McCallie- 248
  2. (TIE- CHAMPIONS) Baylor- 248
  3. Montgomery Bell- 172.5
  4. Ensworth- 138
  5. Science Hill- 114

The 2020 TISCA Championships concluded Saturday night. Harpeth Hall sisters Alex Walsh and Gretchen Walsh continued to impress. On day 1, both sisters swam medley relay splits that would have been the 3rd fastest in last year’s NCAA final. Alex Walsh was just a nail off her own State Record, while Gretchen Walsh took down Abbey Weitzeil’s National High School Record in the 50 free.

Tonight, Gretchen Walsh started things off with a new National High School Record in the 100 free. Her 46.98 took down Weitzeil’s former record from 2015. She’s now the 3rd fastest 17-18 year old girl ever behind only Olympic gold medalists Simone Manuel and Weitzeil.

Alex Walsh, who was just off her own State Record in the 200 free last night, picked up her 2nd individual title of the meet in the 100 back. Her 51.35 was about half a second shy of her lifetime best from 2018. It was just 3 hundredths shy of the National High School Record before tonight, but around the same time tonight Phoebe Bacon broke that record at DC Metros with a 50.89. Interestingly, it was a new State Record, breaking the former mark held by her younger sister. Gretchen’s old record was a 51.57 from last season’s TISCA.

Both Walsh sisters swam on the winning 400 free relay. Lexi Stewart led them off in 55.00, followed by Alex Massey (49.76). AW took on the 3rd leg with the fastest split of the field, a 47.91. GW then anchored them to victory with a 48.14 anchor split. With that, Harpeth Hall set a new State Record in 3:20.81.

McCallie’s Will Jackson, who won the 200 free on day 1, was dominant in the 500 free tonight. Jackson, who broke 4:30 for the first time back in December, dropped 4 seconds from his best. He won in 4:24.29. Teammate Sam Powe was also a winner for McCallie. After breaking 50 for the first time with a lifetime best 48.94 in the 100 back prelims, he won the final in 49.86.

In addition to his individual swims this weekend, Jackson split a 19.90 on the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay and led off the winning 400 free relay in 44.80. McCallie was slightly behind in the team battle, but with that relay victory, they ended the meet in a tie. McCallie and Baylor are both the 2020 Tennessee State Champions. Baylor won both team titles, as the girls defeated Harpeth Hall. Montgomery Bell’s 3rd place finish for the boys was their highest finish since 2014.

Additional Event Winners

  • Boys 100 Free: Joseph Jordan, Oakland, 44.73
  • Girls 500 Free: Kallie Chelsvig, Ensworth, 4:49.98
  • Girls 200 Free Relay: Baylor, 1:34.37
  • Boys 200 Free Relay: McCallie, 1:24.31
  • Girls 100 Breast: Ella Platek, John Paul II, 1:03.99
  • Boys 100 Breast: Daniel West, Houston, 55.52
  • Boys 400 Free Relay: McCallie, 3:05.87

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2 years ago

super proud of Baylor’s dedication this past season as many teams don’t have the depth and range that they do. The girls side graduated some of the top swimmers in the country and still was able to come out on top. It’s not a one person sport but a whole team effort and Baylor showed HH how to get it done.

A Swimmer
2 years ago

Personally, I wish that Ophilia Pilkinton was still in high school so that the 400 Free record could have been absolutely obliterated. I’m not hating on Lexi. She still has a ton of time to train, but it seems like she was carried on the relay. Just an opinion. Congratulations on all four of them!

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2 years ago

C’mon now… why not get on Gretchen for going a 48 with a flying start after she just went 46 an hour earlier? Why do you have to pick on the lead off leg?

T Mill Stan
2 years ago

Where Is the love for the consolation finals #BfinalsIsStillFinals

2 years ago

I’m giving McCallie the tie breaker. They won all 3 relays and had 3 individual champions. Baylor had 0.

2 years ago

Sorta wanted to see what Alex Walsh would have gone in the 200 IM.

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