Race Video: Alex Walsh Takes Down 200 IM NAG at Winter Juniors East

2015 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East

  • Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center – Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Saturday, December 11
  • (Bonus long course meter time trials on Sunday, December 12)
  • Prelims 9AM / Finals 5PM (Th-Sat), Wed. Timed Finals 6PM (U.S. Eastern Time)
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14-year-old Alex Walsh of Nashville Aquatic Club downed Missy Franklin’s national age group record in the 200 IM for 13-14 girls at the Speedo Winter Juniors East on Thursday night. Franklin had set the mark of 1:57.70 in 2010.

Walsh came into the meet with a seed time of 2:00.07. During prelims she went a best time by 1.2 seconds and qualified third for finals. Walsh came back ready to race; she dropped time across the board, but her biggest gains came in the backstroke and freestyle legs, where she improved by 1.2 and .77 seconds, respectively.

  Alex Walsh, Finals Missy Franklin, 2010 Alex Walsh, Prelims
Fly 25.93 25.80 26.09
Back 28.81 28.51 30.04
Breast 34.15 35.58 34.59
Free 27.31 28.01 28.08
  1:56.20 1:57.70 1:58.80

Walsh had an absolutely outstanding back half, crushing the field. With the second-fastest breast and the third-fastest free, she was untouchable coming home. Finishing second was Isabel Ivey of Gator Swim Club with 1:57.04; third was Walsh’s teammate Tatum Wade in 1:57.70.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Race of the day.
Alex Walsh star in the making. Yes Beegees, I said it 2 years ago! 😆
And when I picked her name 3 months ago for the 2016 US olympic team, a lot of swimswamers were pretty surprised.

Back to that race, I didn’t expect such a fast free leg. She has improved a lot that stroke in the last few months.
Butterfly is her weakest stroke. And she still has a lot of work to do in that stroke. But the 3 others are now crazy good.

Cool to see Isabel Ivey 2nd. What a meet for her so far. 1.44 anchor leg on day 1 in the 4X200 free relay! Big PB… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago


I am surprised you only noticed Alex Walsh two years ago.
I beat you by one year! 😀

Reply to  BeeGees
5 years ago

Superfan Rules!?

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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