2020 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, November 12 – Saturday, November 14
- Huntsville, AL
- Long course meters (LCM)
- Timed Finals
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- Results available on Meet Mobile under “2020 Toyota US Open Championships-Huntsville”
Nashville Aquatic Club swimmer Gretchen Walsh, who doesn’t turn 18 until January, is now the 2nd-ranked American 17-18 in history in the 50 free in long course.
She swam a 24.65 in the timed-final 50 free on Friday morning, which shaves .06 seconds off her previous lifetime best.
That improves her standing as the fastest 17-year old in the history of the event and the 2nd-fastest 17-18 behind Olympic champion Simone Manuel, who posted a 24.56 in the summer of 2014 after her senior year of high school.
The swim also now makes Walsh the 11th-fastest all-time performer at any age. Of those 10 swimmers ahead of her, only 5 are currently active, and of those 5 active, only 4 of those swims have been done in the last 6 years.
Previously, Walsh had been the 15th-best performer in the history of the event. With the drop, she surpasses, Olivia Smoliga, Dana Vollmer, and one of the most decorated female Olympians in history Natalie Coughlin.
All-Time US Rankings, Women’s 50 LCM Free, All Ages:
- Simone Manuel – 23.97
- Dara Torres – 24.07
- Amanda Weir – 24.23
- Abbey Weitzeil – 24.28
- Madison Kennedy – 24.39
- Jessica Hardy – 24.48
- Lara Jackson – 24.50
- Erika Brown – 24.57
- Kara Lynn Joyce – 24.59
- Ivy Martin – 24.62
- Gretchen Walsh – 24.65
In the process, she breaks her own 17-18 Southeastern Swimming LSC Record in the event. Erika Brown still holds the open-age LSC Record with a 24.57 set earlier this year.
Walsh, a senior in high school, signed her National Letter of Intent this week, formally committing her to swim at the University of Virginia next season. She is a member of the US National Team along with her older sister Alex, who is currently a freshman at Virginia and swimming at the Richmond site of the US Open.