Harpeth Hall Girls Break Overall Nat’l HS Record in 200 Medley Relay


The Harpeth Hall girls broke the national overall high school record tonight at the TISCA HS Championships in the 200 medley relay. With Alex Walsh and Gretchen Walsh bookending the relay, along with Ella Nelson and Alex Massey, the girls took down both the national independent high school record (private schools) that was previously held by Sacred Heart Academy in Kentucky, along with the overall national record, which was held by an incredible quartet of girls from Carmel High School in Indiana.

Harpeth Hall went 1:38.77, faster than the 1:39.25 done by Carmel in February of 2015 as well as the 1:40.61 done by Sacred Heart in February of 2016.


Prev. Ind. Record Prev. Overall Record
New Overall Record
Back leg Tonner DeBeer (25.76) Sammie Burchill (25.39)
Alex Walsh (24.37)
Breast leg Kennedy Lohman (27.97) Alex Clarke (29.00)
Ella Nelson (28.27)
Fly leg Asia Seidt (24.07) Veronica Burchill (23.31)
Alex Massey (24.49)
Free leg Brooke Bauer (22.81) Amy Bilquist (21.55)
Final time 1:40.61 1:39.25 1:38.77

Alex Walsh‘s 24.37 lead-off backstroke leg was the clear standout leg for Harpeth Hall, over a second ahead of both Sacred Heart’s and Carmel’s lead-offs.

Harpeth Hall is now the fastest private school in history in this event, and of course, the fastest high school team ever. The public school record will still belong to Carmel’s 2015 relay, however.

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4 years ago

Yes all are underclassmen, Gretchen Walsh is 15, so it is an Age Group record. The group left a lot of time on the blocks with conservative starts, so this group could really drop even more time relatively easily. And Massey is a multi-sport athlete who had just 7 weeks of full-time practice prior to this swim…., so next year has the potential to be amazing with a few tweaks in approach!

4 years ago

The Walsh sisters are nuts, very excited to see what they do

4 years ago

Walsh’ sisters going on to impress.
Both fantastic legs (a freshman swimming 21.6 the anchor..)

Reply to  nuotofan
4 years ago

Ah.., obviously I well remind that Gretchen has been also faster two months ago, but she keeps a great standard of results.

Reply to  nuotofan
4 years ago

She was faster 2 months ago? Uh oh, time for a coaching change! (I’m kidding)

4 years ago

There were two sophomores, one freshman and one junior on the relay. The winning time is also a 15-16 NAG.

Reply to  Tnfan
4 years ago

I don’t think Gretchen is 15 yet…

4 years ago

Thats the record until they break it next yr. Neither sister is a senior

Das Swimmer
Reply to  Troy
4 years ago

Not that easy to find a 28.2 br leg or even 24.5 fly isn’t too shabby. Are either of them returning?

TN Swimmer
Reply to  Das Swimmer
4 years ago

All of them…SO/JR/SO/FR

Reply to  Troy
4 years ago

Not so quick, Fossil Ridge in Ft Collins just swam a 1:38:13 at the CO 5A Championships. Something to shoot for next year.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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