2020 Olympic medalist Alex Walsh is coming into NCAAs as the 200 IM defending champ. Along with the 200 IM, she also swam 200 free and 200 breast last year. Is she swimming the same events this year at ACCs and NCAAs? No she is not.
When we spoke with Alex, World Championships was still postponed. Of course they are back on now. I didn’t cut the question or Alex’s answer because she said something I’m hearing a lot from elite swimmers. Many were okay with the idea of a light summer. After shouldering the pandemic and an Olympic Games, elites seem to welcome a year with no big event, a World Champs. Alex added more details to this thought-process, which makes a lot of sense.
Right now Alex is all-in on ACC and NCAA Championships, so it’s time to play the game.
NCAA – Alex Walsh Predictions
200 IM? Alex pops at NCAAs, wining the 200 IM in American record time, 1:50.5.
400 IM? I see Alex touching the wall in 3:56, closing in on Ella Eastin’s legendary 3:54.
200 fly? She’ll get top 3, but I can’t predict more than that…
But who cares what I think? What do you think? Drop your opinion in the comments.
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