Gretchen Walsh Extends Lead as Fastest 15-Year Old 100y Freestyler

2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – EAST

15-year old Nashville Aquatic Club swimmer Gretchen Walsh extended her status as the fastest 15-year old 100 yard freestyler in history on Saturday. She upgraded her 2nd-place finish from last season to a win this year in 47.79 (defending champ Kelly Pash took 4th this year).

Walsh’s previous best time was a 47.93 from the 2018 Southern Premier Meet in March. She now jumps to #2 all-time as a 15-16, behind only Simone Manuel‘s 47.73 done in 2013 at the NCSA Junior Nationals.

Comparative Splits:

Swimmer Meet Standing in 15-16 Age Group 1st 50 2nd 50 Total Time
Gretchen Walsh 2018 Winter Jrs West #2 All-Time 23.05 24.74 47.79
Simone Manuel 2013 NCSA Jrs #1 All-Time 23.02 24.71 47.73

Walsh has gone best times in all of her individual events this week and now ranks in the top 5 in 15-16 age group history in 4 different short course yards events:

  • 50 free – 21.82, #1
  • 100 free – 47.79, #2
  • 100 back – 51.75, #7
  • 100 fly – 52.23, #9

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Daniel Jablonski

So…. that 45 that Simone swam at NCAAs, crushing the field; we might see it again when Walsh gets there?

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