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


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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.

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Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

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

Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

agreed , the next Us speedster star

1 year ago

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

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  SwimJon
1 year ago

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

ACC fan
1 year ago

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

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
1 year ago

Grandma breaststroke? 😂😂😂

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
1 year ago


DeSorbo Effect
Reply to  ACC fan
1 year ago

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

Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
1 year ago

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

Coach John
1 year ago

hot damn I love the olympic year!

Reply to  Coach John
1 year ago

Gretchen might surprise many …..

1 year ago

Manuel must be on her toes come trials. US-depth make me wish a country could bring 4 swimmers to the Olympics. I want the best in the World competing.

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