WATCH: Gretchen Walsh Breaks 13-14 NAG Record With 22.00 In 50 Free


From our Winter Juniors – East Day 2 Finals recap:


  • Short Course Juniors meet (combined) record – Abbie Wietzeil, Canyons Aquatics, 21.49 – 2014
  1. GOLD: Gretchen Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club, 22.00
  2. SILVER: Kate Douglass, Chelsea Piers, 22.18
  3. BRONZE: Alex Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club, 22.28

Gretchen Walsh came as close as she could get to breaking the 22-second barrier, once again taking down the 13-14 NAG Record as she touched in 22.00. Notably, Walsh’s time, hought a 13-14 NAG, is 4 hundredths faster than the NAG for the 15-16 age group. Kate Douglass picked up silver in 22.18, just out-touching Gretchen’s sister, Alex Walsh. After winning the 200 IM just minutes earlier, Alex took bronze in 22.28.

Marlins of Raleigh’s Grace Countie was just off the podium in 22.50. 15-year-old Gabriela Albiero of Cardinal Aquatics rounded out the top 5 in 22.74, out-touching Gator Swim Club’s Talia Bates (22.76) by 2 hundredths. Condors’ Christiana Regenauer tied Bates for the 6th fastest time of the night with a 22.76 from the B final.

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Holy cow she is very long and smooth. I think that bodes really well for continued time drops as she gets older/stronger


thats exactly what i felt watching her stroke …….great talent


Gretchen swims like a much older swimmer than 14. She rides pretty high in the water.

She hit the finish on a full stroke, which helped her edge out the girls next to her.


Imagine if she doesn’t wear her cap in a way that resembles Connie Conehead. That could be a 21.8 right there

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