Walsh v. Walshe, Douglass v. Wiseman Battles Looming After Tennessee Prelims

2021 TENNESSEE INVITATIONAL

2021 NCAA CUT LINES

MEN EVENT (SCY) WOMEN
19.46 50 free 22.32
42.88 100 free 48.76
1:34.04 200 free 1:46.25
4:16.75 500 free 4:44.77
15:01.33 1650 free 16:25.47
46.29 100 fly 52.7
1:43.47 200 fly 1:57.42
46.37 100 back 53.01
1:41.81 200 back 1:55.05
52.4 100 breast 1:00.12
1:54.28 200 breast 2:10.37
1:44.15 200 IM 1:57.62
3:45.67 400 IM 4:13.19

The third and final day of competition is underway at the 2021 Tennessee Invitational.

Tennessee freshman Ellen Walshe, one of the breakout performers of this invite-heavy week, was back at it again. An Irish Olympian with limited yards racing experience, Walshe was the No. 2 qualifier behind Virginia star Alex Walsh in the 200 fly Saturday morning.

Walshe was 1:55.51, over two seconds faster than her best time earlier this season, splitting 29.26/29.78/20.37/29.10. Walsh was 1:54.68 (25.27/28.41/29.86/31.14), improving on her 1:54.79 season-best. Tennessee freshman Sara Stotler was also under 1:56, going 1:55.75, also improving on her best time by well over a second.

On Friday night, Walshe became the second-fastest freshman woman ever in the 100 fly behind Maggie MacNeil, winning the event in 50.30. Earlier in the meet, she was second in the 200 IM with a 1:54.77 and led 400 IM prelims with 4:06.07 but didn’t swim the final.

In the 200 breast final tonight, we’ll also see Alabama’s breakout freshman Avery Wiseman take on Virginia star Kate Douglass in the 200 breast. Douglass led the way this morning with a 2:06.31, the top time in the country this season, splitting 28.90/32.35/32.69/32.37. Wiseman, who has limited yards racing experience, was 2:06.92 — a best time by over 4.5 seconds in her third SCY 200 breast ever. She split 28.36/32.08/32.70/33.78.

Wiseman took second in the 100 breast on Friday night at 57.79.

Other top prelims swims

  • Virginia’s Reilly Tiltmann led the women’s 200 back in 1:52.03, splitting 26.41/28.30/28.66/28.66. Olympian Rhyan White was second in 1:52.83.
  • Alabama junior Matthew Menke was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 back with a 1:41.41, splitting 23.25/25.33/26.25/26.58. He was just off his best time of 1:41.34.
  • Alabama senior Morgan Scott had the top women’s 100 free of the morning at 48.08 (22.92/25.16).
  • Tennessee freshman Jordan Crooks put up the No. 1 swim in the men’s 100 free at 42.62 (20.27/22.35), a best time by over a second.
  • Alabama junior Derek Maas led the men’s 200 breast in 1:55.08, splitting 26.21/30.25/29.53/29.09.
  • Virginia junior Josh Fong was 1:44.88 to lead the men’s 200 fly, splitting 23.78/26.78/26.83/27.49.

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Tea rex
10 months ago

I think Alex Walsh is going for swimming an NCAA A final in all 4 individual strokes during her career. Only person I can think of who maybe did that is Caulkins?

Joel Lin
Reply to  Tea rex
10 months ago

Caulkins did not accomplish that – but only for a reason most would not guess. During her era women’s some college sports were split between NCAA & other entities. For part of Tracy Caulkins’ career at Florida, alongside her sister Amy who also swam for the Gators, Florida competed in the AWIW league of women’s college teams. Sounds dumb? That’s because it was. That was how it was before Title IX equity in the sport.

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  Joel Lin
10 months ago

This is incorrect. The first year for NCAA swimming for women was 1982, Caulkins’ freshman year in college, and Florida competed in the NCAA.

1981-82 was also the last year for AIAW. After 1981-82 AIAW stopped sponsoring college championship events for women. Notably, Texas, who had won the AIAW team title in 1981, remained in the AIAW and won again in 1982.

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  Tea rex
10 months ago

Caulkins is the only swimmer to hold American records in all five strokes. In April 1979 she set American records in the 500 free (4:36.25) and 100 free (49.03 leading off the 4free relay) at the old AAU national championships.

At NCAA’s she has the distinction of having won twelve individual national championships, accomplishing that in just three years. (Five in 1982, three in 1983, four in 1984.) her titles are in the 100 IM (2), 200 IM (3), 400 IM (3), 200 butterfly (2), 100 butterfly (1), and 100 breaststroke (1).

4:36.25 in 1979? I think we were just getting our first lycra suits …

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