America Clinches Mixed Medley Gold In New World Junior Record


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To top off a tremendous night of swimming in Budapest, the United States mixed 4x100m medley relay team cranked out a new Championships Record, World Junior Record, and gold medal-garnering swim in Budapest.

The combination of Will Grant, Josh Matheny, Torri Huske and Gretchen Walsh collectively clocked a winning time of 3:44.84 to hack just over a second off of the previous meet and WJR mark of 3:45.85 set by Russia back at the 2015 edition of these World Junior Championships in Singapore.

Splits tonight checked in as 53.89 for Grant, 59.31 for Matheny, 58.04 for Huske and 53.60 for Walsh, giving them the gold tonight by well over 3 seconds. Runner-up Russia settled for silver in 3:48.06 while Canada wrangled up bronze in 3:48.20.

For perspective on the swims individually, Grant’s 53.89 lead-off scorched his individual swim of 54.46 that rendered the 18-year-old 5th in the men’s 100m back event earlier in this same session.

Matheny had already logged a new National Age Group Record for American 15-16-year-olds with his individual 100m breast effort of 1:00.17 that gave him silver and he registered a sub-minute swim here of 59.31 for his leg.

For the women, both Huske and Walsh contested the women’s 100m free semi-final earlier this session as well, with Huske clocking 54.52 and Walsh 54.25 to take the 2nd and 1st seeds, respectively. Walsh closed the relay tonight in a spicy 53.60, rendering the teen as the only sub-54 second anchor of the entire field.

Split comparisons between the previous and new records include:

Russia’s 3:45.85 Previous WJR

  • Irina Prikhodko – 1:00.53
  • Anton Chupkov – 59.74
  • Danill Pakhomov – 51.33
  • Arina Openysheva – 54.25

America’s 3:44.84 New WJR

For perspective, the Americans’ time tonight would have rendered them 7th place at this year’s FINA World Championships in Gwangju.

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Caeleb Fan
1 year ago

Big time split from matheny

Reply to  Caeleb Fan
1 year ago

some guys like Cordes , Miller better be watchful , this guy is on the rise l

Reply to  Caeleb Fan
1 year ago

Won’t be surprised at all if he makes finals of Trials with another year of development

Coach Mike 1952
1 year ago

What a nice crop of great swimmers coming up

1 year ago

Very impressive

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