WATCH: Gretchen Walsh Shatters World Record In Women’s 100 Fly (Day 1 Race Videos)

2024 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS

Gretchen Walsh put on a stunning display during the opening evening session of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, smashing the world record in the semi-finals of the women’s 100 butterfly.

Walsh rocketed to a time of 55.18, knocking three-tenths off Sarah Sjostrom‘s eight-year-old world record of 55.48 set at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Read more on Walsh’s record-breaking swim here.

Watch it below:

WOMEN’S 100 FLY

Finals Qualifiers: 

  1. Gretchen Walsh (NAC), 55.18 WR
  2. Torri Huske (AAC), 55.79
  3. Regan Smith (TXLA), 55.92
  4. Alex Shackell (CSC), 56.78
  5. Claire Curzan (TAC), 57.24
  6. Emma Sticklen (TXLA), 57.77
  7. Beata Nelson (UN-WI), 57.80
  8. Kelly Pash (TXLA), 57.97

United States (Courtesy NBC Sports)

International (courtesy C Dawg)

While Walsh’s swim was undoubtedly the highlight of the night, she still has work to do to punch her ticket to the Paris Olympic team, with the women’s 100 fly final on tap for tomorrow.

Katie Ledecky and Aaron Shackell were the two swimmers who solidified their spot at the Games on Saturday, winning the women’s and men’s 400 freestyle events.

Watch Shackell and Ledecky go wire-to-wire en route to Olympic qualification, Shackell for the first time and Ledecky for the fourth.

MEN’S 400 FREE

  1. Aaron Shackell (CSC), 3:45.46
  2. Kieran Smith (RAC), 3:45.76
  3. David Johnston (TST), 3:46.19
  4. Bobby Finke (SPA), 3:46.27
  5. Luke Whitlock (FAST), 3:46.55
  6. Jake Magahey (SA), 3:46.89
  7. Daniel Matheson (SUN), 3:48.63
  8. Jake Mitchell (FLOR), 3:50.76

United States (Courtesy NBC Sports)

International/Poolside: Courtesy Kyle Maas

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

  1. Katie Ledecky (GSC), 3:58.35
  2. Paige Madden (NYAC), 4:02.08
  3. Jillian Cox (TXLA), 4:06.89
  4. Aurora Roghair (ALTO), 4:08.66
  5. Kayla Han (CSC), 4:08.21
  6. Anna Peplowski (ISC), 4:09.20
  7. Leah Smith (TXLA), 4:09.34
  8. Madi Mintenko (PPA), 4:12.05

United States (Courtesy NBC Sports)

International (courtesy C Dawg)

Read the full finals recap here.

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G. Certiano
1 month ago

Didn’t Kelsi Dahlia swim a 54.59 in 2021 ISL?

Loz
1 month ago

I loved seeing her reaction at the end, so shocked and humble! What a fantastic swim. Excited to see what she can do in the 50 and 100 free!

jvj
1 month ago

Notice no world record line on broadcast. Did NBC not expect any WRs to be threatened?

Paul
1 month ago

Some mistakes. She can do 54.8

Patrick
Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

Mistakes? Where? The last 10m looked rough but that’s just the way it goes sometimes when you’re obliterating WR pace.

hegetsitdoneagain
Reply to  Patrick
1 month ago

she rolled the wall pretty bad, can clean up 0.1-0.2 there. the last 10 were not thart rough tbh…regan just came home like a freight train

anonymous
1 month ago

Aaron Shackell had great turns.

KeithM
1 month ago

It’s interesting how Gretchen (so far) seems to mirror Dressel’s path. Same 3 main events. Junior World champions & NAG holders. After adjusting to college & new coaches took their swimming to the next tier as upperclassmen. Obliterate NCAA records. Then back it up in LC after a period of debate about whether their performances can carry over. Of course, we’ll see if she is able to convert all this to at least an individual gold. But she is showing her level.

Smglsn12
Reply to  KeithM
1 month ago

Hopefully she doesn’t suffer his brutal burn out 😢

Steve Nolan
Reply to  KeithM
1 month ago

And that’s the part where “GWalsh is only a bathtoob swimmer” was so dumb, to me.

We’ve seen plenty of swimmers develop at different rates SCY v LCM. Why wouldn’t one of the most talented ones not eventually ‘figure it out’?

Did make me connect way more with this record tho, I didn’t expect to be ~~moved~~ the way I was

Miss M
1 month ago

Thanks for posting videos the internationals can watch.

Amazing swimming. So keen for Paris!

Aquajosh
1 month ago

Torri was long on the finish and still 55.7. Gretchen has the kind of shoulder flexibility I haven’t seen since Lars Frolander.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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