Alex Walsh, Trey Freeman Break State Records on Day 1 of 2017 TN States


On day 1 of the 2017 Tennessee High School State Championships, Baylor standout Trey Freeman posted a blistering 1:34.92 to win gold in the 200 free. That gave him a 2 second lead over Collierville’s Joshua Walsh, who picked up the silver in a quick 1:36.95. In addition to his medal, Freeman also walked away with a new State Record, clearing his own former mark of 1:36.70 from last season’s state meet.

Also putting up a record-breaking swim in the 200 free was Harpeth Hall’s Alex Walsh on the women’s side. Walsh blasted a 26.40 on the final 50 to swim past Hardin Valley’s Erica Laning (1:46.26), touching the wall for gold in 1:45.24. That broke the former State Record of 1:45.76 set by Tatum Wade in 2015.

Bearden’s Caleb Harrington was the only swimmer to win 2 races individually on Friday. His first swim came in the 50 free, as he popped a 20.39 to out-touch Memphis’ Christian Berry (20.55). His next gold came in the 100 fly, where he used his front half speed to take an edge over Memphis’ Jack McCaghren. Harrington won the race in 48.22 ahead of McCaghren’s 48.48.


  • Women’s 200 Medley Relay- Harpeth Hall (Walsh, Eskew, Massey, Pilkinton), 1:41.84
  • Men’s 200 Medley Relay- Memphis (Robinson, Kaye, McCaghren, Berry), 1:28.58
  • Women’s 200 IM- Ella Nelson, Harpeth Hall, 2:00.11
  • Men’s 200 IM- Alex Hines, Stem Gryphon, 1:48.99
  • Women’s 50 Free- Sarah Thompson, St George’s, 23.01
  • Women’s 100 Fly- Riley Gaines, Station Camp, 54.15

At the TISCA meet, the top 10 teams for the men and women are each awarded trophies. There’s also a combined team battle for the top 10 combined teams. As of publishing, live results for day 1 only show the combined team scores. Baylor is leading by 117 points, so they seem to have it in the bag at this point. The battle for 2nd, however, is extremely close between Hardin Valley Academy and L&N Stem Academy.


  1. Baylor School, 233
  2. Hardin Valley Academy, 116
  3. L&N Stem Academy, 111
  4. Brentwood High School, 82
  5. Ravenwood High School, 72
  6. Science Hill High School, 70
  7. St Georges Independent, 56
  8. Pope John Paul II High School, 43
  9. Collierville High School, 40
  10. Knoxville West High School, 34

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4 years ago

This remarkable performance in the 200 free could be a turning point in Alex Walsh’s career.
Already so strong in back and breastroke (not so usual combination), she’s sharpening up in free and, we know, her fly is pretty good too.
Perhaps, a great 200 imer in the making.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Cool to see both greatest female junior US talents of the moment improve so much on freestyle. I talk abour Regan Smith and Alex Walsh of course. Not surprising to see the Tennessee girl in 1.45 in the 200 free. She swam 48.90 last December in the 100 free. Her endurance is improving. She finishes her races better. However her average time in the 100 back in 52.80 confirms what we already saw at US short course juniors East. Her breast and her free have improved a lot in the last few months while her back has moved backward. Maybe it’s just because she focuses more on breast and free in training right now. No idea. We’ll have better answers… Read more »

4 years ago

Yes, after the 52.80 in the 100 back mentioned from Bobo, 48.26 anchor for Alex Walsh in the 400 free relay, to confirm that her free is getting stronger.

Also interesting the 20.21 in the 50 free and 44.24 in the 100 relays lead-offs from Trey Freeman, after swimming a 4.23.89 in the 500 free. In the future, a possible focus in the shorter distances (100-200 free, particularly in LC) for him?

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