Alex Walsh took down a national age group record set by none other than Missy Franklin back in 2010. Tonight, Walsh won the 200 IM at 2015 Speedo Junior Winter Championships-East, posting a 1:56.20, to beat Franklin’s earlier record of 1:57.70 by a second and a half.
Check out her splits from the swim:
- Fly: 25.93
- Back: 28.81
- Breast: 34.15
- Free: 27.31
Walsh’s closest competitor was Gator Swim Club’s Isabel Ivey, who finished second in 1:57.04.
Walsh currently holds national age group records in the short course 11-12 200 back, 200 breast, and 100 IM, and she is a member of the long course relay record-holder in the 13-14 400 medley alongside teammates Ella Nelson, Kallie Chelsvig, and Lauren Hurt. This is her first individual 13-14 record.
This event was probably Walsh’s best bet at an age group record, but given how she has been swimming this weekend, Kathleen Baker‘s 100 back record of 52.87 may be within her reach. Walsh’s seed time for tomorrow is a 54.34.
Walsh’s sister Gretchen threatened the 11-12 50 free age group record in prelims this morning, but missed it by .3 seconds.
Walsh swims for the Nashville Aquatic Club, and is coached by John Morse.