G. Walsh Breaks Weitzeil’s National High School Record with 21.5 50 Free


  • Friday, February 7 – Saturday, February 8
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Prelims 9:30 AM / Finals 6:00 PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Live Stream links
  • Psych Sheets
  • Results available on Meet Mobile

Gretchen Walsh turned heads with her 50 freestyle swims on day 1 of the 2020 TISCA Championships. Individually, Walsh popped a new lifetime best in the 50 free, winning in 21.59. That came shortly after a 21.20 anchor split on the Harpeth Hall 200 medley relay.

Walsh’s swim set a new National High School Record. The former mark was a 21.64 set by American Record holder Abbey Weitzeil back in 2015. Her time tonight would have placed 8th at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Her relay split would’ve also been the 3rd fastest in the 200 medley relay championship final there. Weitzeil’s 21.64 still stands as the National Public High School Record.

All-Time Top 5 Performers: 17-18 Girls 50 Free

  1. Simone Manuel- 21.32
  2. Abbey Weitzeil– 21.49
  3. Kate Douglass- 21.53
  4. Gretchen Walsh– 21.59
  5. Maddie Murphy- 21.76

Walsh is now the 4th fastest American 17-18 girl in history. Atop that list are Olympic sprinters Simone Manuel and  Weitzeil. Earlier this season, Weitzeil became the first woman to ever break 21 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

4 Comment threads
10 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
11 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Bobo Gigi

She has such a monster potential on sprint. That’s scary.


agreed , the next Us speedster star


Sooo smooth and effective in the water. Scary curve and potential. Reganish.

Coach Mike 1952

And she just turned 17 on January 29, so she has almost 2 years to break more 17-18 records.

ACC fan

Dang. UVA relays with 2 Walshes, Douglas and my grandmother will win NCAAs

DeSorbo Effect

BOOM!!! Take that Cal! (Weitzel) #Go Hoos


The Virginia relays are going to be lights out! When the Walsh sisters are both there.

About Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!