MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut, March 15. JUST yesterday, Chelsea Piers’ Alexandra Walsh broke the 11-12 100-yard IM National Age Group mark of Kathleen Baker. Today, she took down another record that Baker shared with NCAP’s Janet Hu.
Walsh opened up the night with a scorching 55.31 in the 11-12 100-yard backstroke. She split the race 27.16, 28.15 as she broke the previous 11-12 U.S. National Age Group record of 55.68 previously shared by Hu and Baker. This, just a day after Walsh chalked up a 56.76 in the 100-yard IM.
Walsh has had a strong meet at the Connecticut Age Group Championships already, with her 100 back and 100 IM. She also posted a 29.81 in the 50 breast for the win.
For those curious about Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club, you might recognize the head coach and founder of the club – Jamie Barone. He spend two years coaching at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club under Bob Bowman, after training with Bowman while at NBAC and Club Wolverine in Michigan.
Barone, when asked about Walsh, however, gives full credit to assistant coach Kailey Morris, who has been coaching Walsh for 18 months. Morris coached for two years at NBAC, and was a swimmer at Penn State after swimming club for NBAC. There’s little reason not to expect that CPAC will begin churning out some top-line talent if Walsh is any indication.