Gretchen Walsh Chomps Simone Manuel’s 15-16 NAG Record in 50 Free at 24.71


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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.

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Jalen Stimes

A new sprint freestyle queen!


Don’t get too excited. Simone will be going almost a full second faster next year, and a few others will be there.


nothing to do with the fact that Walsh is a new free super sprinter . Amazing talent


He stated she is the new sprint Queen, which she is not. Fact. Nor is she close.


Take a lap


she is , stop your nonsense , thanks


Simone is gonna be going 22.9?? Is this some sort of joke? 😂


In about 2 or 3 years the American women are gonna start dominating Australia in that 4×100 free relay. Much like the Australians do now against the US.


After that 50 free swim by Walsh I’m starting to believe the Americans are going to have the depth and firepower to beat the aussies next yer


they did offer a spendid challenge to Australia this year in Korea …unexpectedly – so its possible

Philip Johnson

Yeah, USA has a bunch of young talent whereas Australia has been relaying on some veterans for several years now.


exactly …they also lost the 4 th best leg they had this year


Meg HARRIS is coming through plus Webb and a few others .


same issue – they need a 52 + swimmer


Same PEDs as Shayna?

Steve Nolan

I think “chomps” is a first.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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