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Between U.S. Nationals and World Juniors, Gretchen Walsh was on fire in the month of August.
Walsh improved her lifetime-bests in five events at U.S. Nationals, then focused in on her best two events at World Juniors, dropping even further. The 16-year-old won six gold medals at the World Junior Championships, pulling big splits on four different U.S. relay teams.
Here’s a look at how Walsh’s career-bests improved in August:
|Date||50m free||100m free||200m free||100m fly||100m back|
|End of 2018||25.03||54.38||2:01.40||1:00.80||1:01.46|
|After 2019 US Nationals||24.85||54.13||2:01.12||58.84||1:00.26|
|After 2019 World Juniors||24.71||53.74||—||—||—|
Walsh now ranks 4th among Americans this season in the 100 free, 4th in the 50 free and inside the top 12 in the 100 back and top 20 in the 100 fly.
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