VIRGINIA VS. FLORIDA
- October 22, 2022 at 10 AM EST
- SCY (25 yards)
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- Live Results
- Biggest Storylines
- Full Meet Live Recap
Reported by Yanyan Li and Robert Gibbs.
100 Fly (Unsuited)
Remember when we said that the women’s 100 fly at NCAAs would be a four-woman race between Claire Curzan, Torri Huske, Kate Douglass, and Maggie MacNeil? Well, we were wrong. Because Gretchen Walsh just dropped a 50.53 100 fly in a practice suit today, overtaking MacNeil’s mark of 50.84 to become the fastest woman ever unsuited in the event. In addition, she is also the second woman to crack the 51-second barrier unsuited, as MacNeil was the first two weeks ago.
Walsh’s time is a personal best by over a second, beating out her old mark of 51.73 from December 2020. It also would have been fast enough to place fourth at last year’s NCAA Championship meet.
Walsh vs. MacNeil, Comparative Splits:
|GRETCHEN WALSH, UVA VS. FLORIDA||MAGGIE MACNEIL, LSU VS. SOUTH CAROLINA|
50 Fly – 21.91 (Relay start)
If there’s one trend we’ve seen accelerating over the last few years of college swimming, it’s that some teams and swimmer don’t need tech suits or taper to drop some jaw-dropping times.
The Virginia Cavalier women have been on the vanguard of that trend, and today Gretchen Walsh popped the fastest fly split ever as Virginia hosted Florida in a dual meet in Charlottesville.
Walsh’s time of 21.91, apparently done in a practice suit, surpasses her teammate Kate Douglass‘ 21.95 split from nearly two years ago as the fastest split of all-time.
Top 10 All-Time Butterfly Splits, Women’s 200 Yard Medley Relay:
- Gretchen Walsh, Virginia – 21.91
- Kate Douglass, Virginia – 21.95
- Kelsi Dahlia, Louisville – 21.96
- Alyssa Marsh, Duke – 22.05
- Kelsi Dahlia, Louisville – 22.07
- Kelsi Dahlia, Louisville – 22.21
- Louise Hansson, USC – 22.23
- Morgan Scott, Alabama – 22.26
- Hellen Moffitt, UNC – 22.29
- Sarah Thompson, Missouri – 22.31