Alex Walsh on Gretchen: “Regardless of what happens at this meet for me, we’re both Olympians”


It’s officially a family affair. Alex Walsh made the Olympic team in 2021, and last night her younger sister Gretchen joined the exclusive ranks of being an Olympian by winning the 100 fly at Trials in Indianapolis. Alex was elated for her sister having achieved this monumental goal and shared an emotional moment with her in the mixed zone afterward.

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1 month ago

Really like these two. A little off topic since we’re talking Olympics but a buddy pointed out to me it’s not inconceivable that they could end next spring with 14 (out of 18) NCAA records.

Gretchen: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free (she led off in 1;40.2 this year); 100 fly, 100 back.

Alex: 200 IM (is 0.9 away), 400 IM (1.5 away), 200 fly(0.9) and 200 breast (0.7, I believe).

Plus, all 5 relay records. (They have 4 currently).

Crazy good genetics, training, coaching.

Hope Alex makes the team this week. As another commentator noted: 400 IM might have been a great chance. 200 free top six also since mid 1:56 might make it.… Read more »

1 month ago

What does stinger event mean?

Reply to  Swimmer
29 days ago

I’m guessing from the context she said it – a fun non-main event

1 month ago

“Oh Gretchee”, cute.

1 month ago

The 100 BR is a primer for the 200 BR. That makes sense.

I miss the ISL (go dawgs)
1 month ago

Why do these Alex support comments have a good amount of downvotes already? Who doesn’t like Alex?

Reply to  I miss the ISL (go dawgs)
1 month ago

Australians. And it’s not a dislike of Alex. It’s more generalized towards USA Swimming.

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Reply to  SwimCoach
1 month ago

Cockroaches from down under. I informed SwimSwam to call Orkin.

Reply to  SwimCoach
1 month ago

Rubbish. Nearly all of us were asleep.

Tracy Kosinski
1 month ago

Have a feeling Alex will make it. Sisterly vibes ❤️

Vegas Gold
1 month ago

Love these two!! Rooting for Alex to make the team!!

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Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Is she dropping the final considering she did a PB? I feel like she needs as much rest as possible.

What a great family.

Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Alex Walsh has a day off tomorrow.

W 100 BR – Days 2 & 3
W 200 BR – Days 5 & 6

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