Psych Sheets Released For Tennessee Invite With LCM Prelims, SCY Finals

2023 Tennessee Invitational

  • November 15-17, 2023
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center
  • LCM (50-meter) prelims / SCY (25-yard) finals
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Stream

The psych sheets for this week’s Tennessee Invitational have dropped, but rather than individual entries, maybe the most interesting news is that the event will feature both long course and short course swimming.

The meet will have prelims contested in long course meters before finals will be raced in the traditional short course yards—no doubt due to the fact that we’re entering an Olympic year.

In addition to the host Vols, the meet will feature ACC powerhouse Virginia along with SEC squads Alabama, Kentucky and Arkansas.

Highlighting the entry list is the superstar sister duo of Alex Walsh and Gretchen Walsh, who will go head-to-head in the women’s 200 freestyle on Day 2 of the meet.

A. Walsh comes in as the top seed in the women’s 200 IM and 200 breaststroke, while she ranks 3rd in the 200 free behind teammates Aimee Canny and G. Walsh.

The younger Walsh sister will also race the 50 and 100 free, coming in as the top seed in the former, but she’s way down the psych sheets, seeded 11th, in the 100 free with a puzzling entry time of 57.37 (despite going 53.14 at U.S. Nationals in June).

Holding the top seed in the women’s 100 free is UVA fifth-year transfer Jasmine Nocentini, who is also the top seed in the 100 breast over Tennessee’s Mona McSharry and is ranked 2nd behind Walsh in the 50 free.

On the men’s side, Jordan Crooks towers over the field in the men’s 50 and 100 free, and he’s also slated to race the 100 fly (seeded 7th). His Tennessee teammate Martin Espernberger holds the top time in the 100 fly, while Gui Caribe is currently entered in the 50, 100 and 200 free to go along with the 100 fly.

The UVA men’s team have a few notable names missing including Anthony Grimm and Jack Aikins. Aikins recently raced at the Pan Am Games, while Grimm hasn’t raced since the team’s early-season intrasquad.

Other notable names missing include Kentucky’s Levi Sandidge, the reigning SEC champion in the men’s 1650 free, and Tennessee’s Julia Mrozinski, who finished 9th in the women’s 500 free at the 2023 NCAA Championships.

Virginia swimmers have over-entered this meet in past years, and while most of them didn’t do so this time around, some did, such as Ella Nelson, who currently holds five entries but will only be able to race three. Nelson is entered in the women’s 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast and 200 breast.

The meet will kick off on Wednesday morning and run through Friday night.

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Cannonball
4 months ago

Maybe Gretchen will be throwing down some fly in the morning during the 100 free & that’s why her seed time is 57.3? Would love to see what she can do long course right now after the Texas duel – her fly is ON and (imo) has the most growth potential, especially LCM.

Last edited 4 months ago by Cannonball
Tyson Huynh
4 months ago

WHATT? So 18 and unders can’t go anymore?!

Flutterfly
Reply to  Tyson Huynh
4 months ago

I’m so confused. Many18 year olds there

Eli
4 months ago

Ive always felt like Gretchen could become a really good 200 freestyle. She has really good tempo/position in the water, and she seems like she can swim like that for a while. Also, she does close her 100 free very well.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Eli
4 months ago

She’s still better SCY because of her UWs. In LCM she has put up some fast times but I wouldn’t really say that her closing speed is her forte.

Just Keep Swimming
Reply to  Eli
4 months ago

On a podcast earlier in the year (social kick maybe?) she said LCM 200 free was the hardest race in swimming. Not sure she’d want to pursue it.

Pieter H
Reply to  Eli
4 months ago

If you’re talking about SCY, then yes, because she can find walls every 25 yards.

If you’re talking about LCM, then no. Go watch the final of World Championship 4×100 free where she was lead off.

She had extreme difficulty in the second 50. Her second 50, 28.40, was by far the slowest split of every lead off.

200 LCM would have killed her.

Last edited 4 months ago by Pieter H
Drewbrewsbeer
4 months ago

Cool format.

rocky top
4 months ago

Eager to see what Crooks will have in store for us

Swimfan27
4 months ago

My money’s on Alex in the morning, Gretchen at night.

bobthebuilderrocks
4 months ago

Anyone know if USA Swimming has badges for top 100 in the world? I’ve seen some on club team websites, but I’m not sure how to apply for those or what.

This Guy
4 months ago

The Ohio State invite is also doing prelim LCM and finals SCY

oxyswim
Reply to  This Guy
4 months ago

Aggie invite as well

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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