Gretchen Walsh Reflects on 19.9 Relay Split, 50 Free/100 Fly NCAA Records

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Gretchen Walsh is having a heck of a week in Greensboro. She has become the first woman to swim under 20 seconds in a 50 free (19.95 on a relay), broken NCAA records in the 50 free (20.57) and 100 fly (48.25), and went a best time of 1:40.2 in the 200 free(#3 performer all-time).

On her morning off, Gretchen was kind enough to sit down with SwimSwam and analyze her historic swims so far at the 2024 ACC Championships.

  • 0:00 Gretchen Walsh Introduction
  • 1:06 Reflecting on 2023-24 Season
  • 5:40 800 Free Relay
  • 9:55 20.57 50 Free
  • 12:10 19.9 50 Free Relay Split
  • 14:22 200 Free Relay NCAA Record
  • 18:46 48.25 100 Fly


Music: Otis McDonald

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1 month ago

I realllllly hope they go for the 800 relay record next year (perhaps they will finally change course and swim it at their midseason invite??). Claire Curzan could sub in for Alex and swim close to the 1:41 split, Gretchen could improve her split and dip under 1:40, Aimee Canny is still there next year and could split the same or better, and the 4th spot to replace Ella Nelson could be Leah Hayes, Bailey Hartman, or Anna Moesch who all start at UVA this coming fall.

I miss the ISL (Go dawgs)
1 month ago

A Kate Douglass AND Gretchen Walsh podcast on the SAME DAY????????
This is the best day of my life

Bill Lumberg
1 month ago

2021 was a heartbreaker for her. She is determined.

1 month ago


Reply to  Cannonball
1 month ago

F ESPN. Coleman shouldn’t go to that dumpster fire.

Reply to  Cannonball
1 month ago


HOO love
1 month ago

Gosh I love Gretchen

Bill Lumberg
Reply to  HOO love
1 month ago

who downvotes something like this. Someone writes something positive and you downvote it? Is it Jalen T?

Miss M
1 month ago

I love her honest disappointment at the team not breaking the 4×200 record. Joy at how well they swam, but sad to have missed a legendary record.

It’s refreshing to hear what she actually thinks not just pat answers!

Reply to  Miss M
1 month ago

It’s also cool how she owns the high expectations and can openly say she’s proud of her accomplishments rather than being all “awww shucks” about it. I think that’s a good trait for high level athletes.

1 month ago

coleman I wish you asked her about AVD comments!!!

1 month ago

Coleman absolutely serving us with the GW and KD content today. The peoples hero.

Reply to  Swimmerj
1 month ago

give the man a raise!

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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