Ellen Walshe Becomes 2nd-Fastest Freshman in 100 Fly, Ever

by Emma Edmund 19

November 19th, 2021 College, News, SEC

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Ellen Walshe, a freshman at Tennessee, swam the sixth-fastest time in the 100 fly (50.24) for a freshman ever. The top five times belong to Maggie MacNeil, who swims for Michigan and was a freshman in the 2018-19 season.

Fastest 100 Fly Performances by Freshmen in NCAA History:

  1. Maggie MacNeil: 49.59
  2. Maggie MacNeil: 49.66
  3. Maggie MacNeil: 49.94
  4. Maggie MacNeil: 49.97
  5. Maggie MacNeil: 50.09
  6. Ellen Walshe: 50.24

Walshe narrowly beat Torri Huske, who swam a 50.30 at the NC State Invite and is tied as the third-fastest freshman with Kate Douglass, who also swam a 50.30 as a freshman in 2019. Olivia Bray is the fifth-fastest to have swum the event as a freshman, followed by Louise Hansson.

Walshe competed in the event on Friday at the Tennessee Invite, earning an NCAA A-cut and event win in the process. Her time is currently the 40th best performance in the event among all grades, and she’s the eighth-fastest swimmer in the event, ever.

She’s also the fastest swimmer in the event as of times entering Friday night, her prelims and finals times both defeating UVA junior Douglass’ 51.51 from earlier in the season, as well as Huske’s time from Friday night. And Walshe, just a few months into her time at Tennessee, secured the second-fastest time ever in the program, behind now-graduated Erika Brown’s 49.38 in 2020.

Walshe competed for Ireland in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in both the 100-meter fly and 200-meter IM, and she holds the long-course Irish national records for both (59.32 in the 100 fly and 2:12.02 in the 200 IM). She also has the SCM Irish national records in the 50 fly (26.10) and the 100 fly (58.81).

This is Walshe’s first 100 fly of the season, which makes her performances in prelims and finals her first 100 fly performances in short course yards. At other meets, she competed in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, her best times 1:03.49 and 2:14.68, respectively, as well as the 200 fly (1:57.86) and 200 IM (2:01.46).

Walshe is part of a recruiting class Swimswam ranked as number two in the country, and is among 16 new swimmers on the Tennessee women’s team.

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BearlyBreathing
18 days ago

nvm I got it
Also, what a find. You never know how internationals will adapt to SCY but this one seems to be doing something right. Looking forward to seeing what she can do come March.

Last edited 18 days ago by BearlyBreathing
Dee
18 days ago

That seems way faster than what her raw LCM times might convert to (?). Lets see how she goes, but Ireland might just have a really good one here.

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Dee
18 days ago

I thought the same thing. Would be curious to see the race. Some top notch underwaters might explain the discrepancy here.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
18 days ago

Search uva swimming on YouTube they have most of them

VFL
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
18 days ago

Indeed the case, but also a pure stroke. I think she’s more of a “flyer” than Erika Brown was for example. Expecting a big 200 tomorrow!

Dee
Reply to  Dee
17 days ago

Thinking about this, Ireland could have decent female and mixed medleys moving forward, fly was always their big issue. Irish swimming looks capable of 3/4 relay finals at Euros – That’d be big for them.

SwimFan76
18 days ago

Impressive talent! Top – 5 times in the NCAA in the 100 Fly – 400 IM – 200 Free

Barf- a-Scab
Reply to  SwimFan76
18 days ago

It is talent, recruiting and the best coaching ever. I believe the lady VOLS will win NCAAS in March. Those poor man VOLS are looking pitiful compared to the girls.

VFL
Reply to  Barf- a-Scab
18 days ago

I can’t tell if this is a Tennessee homer or not. Strange post

Armchair
Reply to  Barf- a-Scab
18 days ago

I don’t know about winning the NCAA’s, but this is pretty strong Tennessee women’s team across the board. A lot of young talent.

VFL
18 days ago

BOOOOM!!! Huge swim and huge breakout meet for the freshman. Luck of the irish is being very kind to the lady vols.

Taa
18 days ago

The Stanford freshman girl will beat her like a drum in March

Wow
Reply to  Taa
18 days ago

The Stanford freshman girl should honesty consider opting for the 200 free

Admin
Reply to  Taa
17 days ago

I’m surprised you brought up Torri Huske but not Maggie MacNeil, which would’ve been a much safer claim to sell out on.

Manta520
18 days ago

How old is she?

Dee
Reply to  Manta520
17 days ago

Turned 20 a couple of months ago.

Admin
Reply to  Manta520
17 days ago

Turned 20 earlier during this academic year. So age wise, she’s the American equivalent of a sophomore with an early birthday, or a freshman who took a gap year.

BearlyBreathing
18 days ago

How far away are we from an entire 100 Fly A final under :50? Years, or months?

Admin
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
17 days ago

I think years. There are probably 8 currently in college who could do it, but that they would all in the same race (and would all choose the race for that matter, ala Regan and Kate Douglass at NCAAs), might be the limiting factor.