Gretchen Walsh made her first senior international meet this summer, winning 2023 World Championship hardware:
- Gold – 4×100 medley relay
- Bronze – 50 butterfly
Coming off her breakout summer, Gretchen has big goals for the 2024 NCAA Championships. She put them out there, stating she’d like to sweep her individual events in record times.
At the 2023 NCAA Championships Gretchen was:
- 2nd – 50 free – 20.85
- 1st – 100 free – 45.61
- 1st – 100 back – 48.26 – an NCAA Record
Gretchen owns the 100 back NCAA record. She’s .06 off the 50 free (Maggie MacNeil’s 20.79), and she’s .05 off the 100 free (Simone Manuel’s 45.56).
Gretchen will eclipse the 50 and 100 free NCAA records, and I think she’ll touch the wall in 48.1, nudging her 100 back to a new record time. This will be a career-season for Gretchen. She’s got Todd DeSorbo on deck, and she’s training with Kate Douglass and Claire Curzan. Feels like a winning atmosphere to produce an historic performance.
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