2019 SPEEDO SOUTHERN PREMIER MEET
- March 1st-3rd, 2019
- Alan Jones Aquatic Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
- 25y, prelims/finals
- Real-Time Results
- Psych Sheets
The Mason Manta Rays aren’t the only team at the 2019 Southern Premier Meet that have a pair of elite siblings at their disposal. The Nashville Aquatic Club 15-18 girls, including Junior National Teamer Gretchen Walsh and senior National Teamer Alex Walsh, broke the National Age Group Record in the 200 medley relay on Saturday.
The team of Alex Walsh (backstroke), Ella Nelson (breaststroke), Jordan Hurt (fly) and Gretchen Walsh (freestyle) combined for a 1:37.04. That broke the record off 1:37.65 set at 2017 Winter Juniors by the Fort Collins Area Swim Team.
|Old Record||New Record|
|2017 Junior Championships — West||2019 Southern Premier|
|Bayley Stewart – Back||25.26||Alex Walsh – backstroke||23.64|
|Zoe Bartel – Breast||27.08||Ella Nelson – breaststroke||27.99|
|Coleen Gillilan – Fly||23.56||Jordan Hurt – butterfly||24.16|
|Kylee Alons – Free||21.75||Gretchen Walsh – freestyle||21.25|
While Alex and Gretchen Walsh have each broken multiple National Age Group Records individually, once ratified, this will be the team’s only relay record. They broke a few records in 2015 and 2016 when they were still 13-14s, but those records have since been broken.
Alex Walsh‘s backstroke leadoff set the team off on a record-setting path: she out-split Bayley Stewart by a monster 1.62 seconds, which gave her teammates plenty of room to play with. Gretchen’s anchor of 21.25 would have been 4th-best in the 200 medley relay finals at last year’s NCAA Championship, and she’s only a sophomore in high school.
Because Gretchen Walsh is still 16, the team is ineligible for 17-18 National Age Group Records. That record still belongs to SwimMAC Carolina’s 2014 relay, which swam a 1:39.40.