Walsh Sisters, Trey Freeman, and Allie Raab Highlight TISCA Psychs


The Tennessee High School Championships (or TISCA Championships) are kicking off tomorrow, and the psych sheets have been posted online (and viewable at the link below).


Alex and Gretchen Walsh are two big names racing this weekend for their high school, Harpeth Hall. They both had excellent meets at the 2017 Winter Junior Championships, and they’ll headline the TISCA Championships.

Older sister Alex, a sophomore, is entered in the 200 free and 100 breast. She won the 200 free at last year’s meet with a 1:45.24, and won the 100 back (52.80), setting new state records in both. Her 58.19 entry time in the 100 breast is faster than Allie Raab‘s state record of 1:00.55. Raab, who swims for Brentwood Academy, is the #2 seed in that race, as well as the top seed in the 200 IM (1:58.67), less than a second off of Tatum Wade’s 200 IM state record.

Freshman Gretchen Walsh, meanwhile, is the 2nd seed in the 50 free (23.39) behind Harpeth Hall teammate Ophelia Pilkinton (23.14), and is the 3rd seed in the 100 back (55.46). Walsh has been 22.00 in the 50 and 54.25 in the 100 back, so look for her to race for state titles in both races.

Trey Freeman of Baylor School is the biggest name on the boys’ side– he’s the top seed in the 200 free (1:33.98) and 500 free (4:15.06). His seed times are well under his own 200 free state record (1:34.92) and Sam McHugh’s 500 free state record (4:16.76), while he’ll be chasing Independent and Overall national high school records in both races– Grant Shoults’ 1:33.26 in the 200 and 4:12.87 in the 500.

Caleb Harrington of Bearden High School is the top seed in two events, the 50 free (20.25) and 100 fly (47.53). His 20.25 seed time in the 50 is .03 faster than Chatham Dobbs’ TN state record.

Baylor will be seeking a state title on the boys’s side, led by Freeman, 200 IM top seed Luis Sebastian Weekes, and 100 back top seed Jack Kirby. The Harpeth Hall girls have their state title all but locked up, headed by the Walsh sisters, Pilkinton, and Ella Nelson, who is the #2 seed in the 200 IM and 500 free.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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