Gretchen Walsh: Float Like a Butterfly… Almost Stung By a Bee?

2022 US SUMMER NATIONALS

Reported by Robert Gibbs.

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – FINALS

  • World Record – 55.48, Sarah Sjostrom (2016)
  • American Record – 55.64, Torri Huske (2022)
  • U.S. Open Record – 55.66, Torri Huske (2021)
  • LC Nationals Record – 55.66, Torri Huske (2021)
  • World Junior Record – 56.43, Claire Curzan (2021)

Top 3:

  1. Gretchen Walsh (Nashville Aquatic Club) – 57.44
  2. Gabi Albiero (Louisville) – 57.82
  3. Dakota Luther (Texas Longhorn Aquatic) – 58.39

Gretchen Walsh rocketed off to a fast start on the opening 50, touching roughly eight-tenths ahead of the rest of the field. In the post-race race interview she said she had a rough turn, and Gabi Albiero closed the gap on the back half.

At the finish, it looked Walsh could’ve benefited from an additional stroke instead of a long glide, but it didn’t matter in terms of placing, as Walsh still touched ahead of Albiero, 57.44 to 57.82.

Walsh came within a whisker

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Mnswim
13 days ago

So happy for her long course success! You can tell the pressure has lifted!

UVA FAN
14 days ago

WA HOO WA

Sherry Smit
14 days ago

Full circle moment for Gretchen I bet. 2019 wins world juniors gold in 50/100 FR. She has a rough trials meet(s) in 21/22, then in summer of 22 wins her first LC national title basically tying her best time.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
14 days ago

It’s progess. Hopefully, the progression continues into calendar year 2023.

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