Alex Walsh is a competitive swimmer who represents the US internationally.
Alex started her swimming career young, and rose to an elite level early, first appearing in SwimSwam at the age of 12 after dropping a 1:55 200 free. She continued to have massive success after that, breaking NAG’s left and right and developing all 4 strokes very effectively. This led to Walsh being ranked as SwimSwam’s #2 recruit for the class of 2020, behind only Regan Smith.
On March 12, 2019, Alex announced her verbal commitment to swim at the University of Virginia.
2018 Summer Nationals
In Irvine, Walsh swam the 100 free (55.63), 200 back (2:09.36, 9th in finals), 50 Breast (32.17), 50 Back (28.25, 7th in finals), 100 Back (1:00.83), and 200 IM (2:11.83 in prelims, 6th in finals).
Being the top junior in the 200 IM earned Walsh a spot on the JR Pan Pac team roster. She also ended up earning a spot on the Pan American Games roster for her finishes in the 200 back and 20 IM.
2018 Jr Pan Pacs
At Jr Pan Pacs, Walsh was voted to be 1 of 5 captains for team USA. She swam the prelims of the 100 breast (1:10.93), 200 back (2:11.34), and 200 IM, the event in which she made the team.
In finals of the 200 IM, she won by over 2 seconds in a time of 2:12.06. She also swam on the winning women’s 4×100 free relay (54.94) and anchored team USA’s 4×100 medley B relay (55.72) which would have placed behind the USA and Australia A squads.
2019 Southern Premiere
At the 2019 Southern Premiere in Alex’s home town of Nashville, TN, Walsh had yet another spectacular performance. She broke a 6-year-old 17-18 NAG, going 2:05.87 in the 200 yard breaststroke. She was also a part of the new 15-18 NAG in the 200 medley relay, where she led off the team with a blazing split of 23.64.
Walsh garnered wins in the 100 breast (58.87), 400 IM (4:07.98), 100 fly (51.31) and as a part of the 4×50 free and 4×100 medley relays. Walsh also earned a 2nd place finish in the 50 free (22.24) behind her sister, Gretchen.
2019 Pan American Games
At the 2019 Pan Ams, Walsh went 3-for-3 in gold medals for her swims. On day 2 of competition, Walsh earned her first major international gold, touching first in the 200 back in a new lifetime best of 2:08.30, just .09 ahead of her American teammate Isabelle Stadden.
On day 4, Walsh was chosen to swim the 2nd leg of the 4×200 free relay, where she split 1:58.27 to help USA to gold.
On day 5, Walsh wrapped up her meet in the 200 IM, registering another narrow victory ahead of an American, this time getting the best of Meghan Small for gold, 2:11.24 to 2:11.36.