UVA Scores Game-changing Verbal Commitment from #2 Alex Walsh

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***Originally published on March 11, 2019***

Fresh off her latest National Age Group Record in the 200 breast, Alex Walsh has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Virginia Swimming and Diving class of 2024. She will join Abby Harter and Anna Keating in Charlottesville in the fall of 2020.

“I could not be happier to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of Virginia!!! So thankful for my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for their support throughout this process and my entire swimming career… GO HOOS 🧡💙⚔️ #wahoowa”

Walsh, #2 on our list of top-20 recruits from the high school class of 2020, is currently a junior at Harpeth Hall High School in Nashville, Tennessee. She swims year-round for Nashville Aquatic Club and is a member of the U.S. National Team. In high school swimming, she is 6-for-6 in individual TISCA titles: 200 free (1:45.05) and 100 breast (59.08) in 2019; 200 free (1:45.93) and 100 breast (58.88) in 2018; and 200 free (1:45.24) and 100 back (52.80) in 2017. She holds Tennessee State High School Records in the 200 free (1:45.05), 100 back (52.80), 100 breast (58.88), 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay. In club swimming she won the 100 back, 100/200 breast, and 200 IM at Winter Juniors East, setting meet records in the 100 back (50.88), 200 breast (2:06.02), and 200 IM (1:53.69). She appears on the all-time top-100 lists 35 times in SCY alone, including NAG records in the 11-12 200 back, 200 breast and 100 IM, 13-14 200 IM, 15-16 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM, and 17-18 200 breast.

A highly versatile swimmer, Walsh is an instant game-changer for the Cavaliers. She already has NCAA A-final qualifying times in the 100 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM and would have been a B-finalist in the 50 free, and 200 back. She will also be a major threat on 4-5 relays for the Cavaliers. Her 23.64 50 backstroke time would have been the fourth-fastest leadoff split at 2018 NCAAs behind Stanford’s Ally Howe (23.54), Indiana’s Ally Rockett (23.54), and Cal’s Kathleen Baker (23.56).

This is purely speculation, but you are all thinking it so I’ll say it: If the Walsh sisters are anything like the Foster brothers (both of whom are verbal commits to Texas), Virginia could be a contender for the NCAA women’s title in the very near future and for years to come.

Top SCY times:

  • 50 free – 22.08
  • 100 free – 48.90
  • 200 free – 1:45.05
  • 50 back – 23.64
  • 100 back – 50.88
  • 200 back – 1:51.42
  • 100 breast – 58.19
  • 200 breast – 2:05.87
  • 100 fly – 51.31
  • 200 IM – 1:53.69
  • 400 IM – 4:07.98


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2 years ago

Hate to see her leave the state, but congrats to Alex! A game changer for sure.

2 years ago

This is insane! HUGE pickup for Virginia, they will have quite the future coming in with Douglass as well.

The michael phelps caterpillar
2 years ago


Reply to  The michael phelps caterpillar
2 years ago

stanford will get regan smith and a slew of other too tier recruits. they’ll be just fine

Reply to  CalBearsFan
2 years ago

After last weekend Regan might just turn pro and go to San Diego to practice with Kathleen or take a gap year …..either way UVA’s team is on the rise with the existing athletes, the incoming recruits next year and the following.

Reply to  CalBearsFan
2 years ago

Cc: ex-sailing coach

2 years ago

Welcome Alex to the Hoo family!
Once in never out.

2 years ago

Would’ve been nice to see her stay in state and go to UT

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

She is not from Texas 😉

Reply to  KDawgLonghorn
2 years ago

UT as in University of Tennessee😉

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

I understand she is interested in getting an education in an area other than mountain talk and square dancing.

Reply to  googoodoll
2 years ago

Now thats just low.

Reply to  Snarky
2 years ago

Low but true

2 years ago

Wow! Great school, great team, great SWIMMER & great pickup for UVA! Congrats Alex!

2 years ago

those times, wow. what exactly is her weak stroke lol
congrats on the verbal, uva is going to be a national title contender in the years to come.

Honest Observer
2 years ago

“This is purely speculation, but you are all thinking it so I’ll say it: If the Walsh sisters are…..”

Well put.

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