7TH FINA WORLD JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
- 50-Meter Course
- Duna Arena, Budapest (Hungary)
- Pool swimming: Tuesday, August 20 – Sunday, August 25, 2019
- Heats 9:30am GMT+2 (3:30 am EDT / 12:30 am PDT)/ Semifinals and Finals 5:30pm GMT+2 (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT)
- Meet site
- Entries book
- FinaTV Live Stream (subscription required)
- Live results
Winning the World Junior title in the 50 free tonight out of lane 3 was 16-year-old Gretchen Walsh in a new best time of 24.71. That is a .14 improvement upon her old best, a 24.85 from the 2019 U.S. Nationals which had her tied in the 15-16 all-time rankings for #2 with Anya Goeders. Her time tonight breaks free of that tie and goes right past American record-holder Simone Manuel‘s 15-16 NAG record of 24.80 from the 2013 World Championships.
Despite a .73 reaction time off of the blocks, the third-slowest of the final tonight, Walsh held off her teammate, Maxine Parker, who went a best of her own at 24.75 to move to #2 in the 17-18 age group rankings. This record comes not long after Torri Huske broke a different 15-16 NAG record in the 100 fly.
Walsh has been electric this week, nearly taking down Missy Franklin‘s 100 free NAG record earlier in the meet and being a very dependable relay leg.
Breaking a Manuel NAG record is an impressive accomplishment. Four years after Manuel set her 15-16 NAG at 24.80, she clocked a 23.97 to claim the bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships and set the American record. Walsh continues to make her case as one of the most dangerous sprinters on the rise to watch out for with the Olympic Trials just about ten months away.