Harpeth Hall (Home of the Walsh Sisters) Demolishes 200 Medley Relay National Independent School Record

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The 2018 Tennessee High School swimming state championships kicked off today, with prelims and finals of the first half of the event lineup.

The girls from Harpeth Hall wasted no time getting rolling, setting a new National Independent High School record in the 200 medley relay. Winning the event by nearly ten seconds, Alex WalshElla NelsonAlex Massey, and Gretchen Walsh combined for a 1:38.77.

Gretchen Walsh turned heads at USA Swimming Junior Nationals East in December when she anchored a Nashville Aquatic Club relay in 21.01. Tonight she was a 21.61.

The old Independent School mark was a 1:40.61 set by Kentucky’s Sacred Heart Academy in 2016. The team was also quicker than the Public School record, a 1:39.25 set by Carmel in 2015.

Old Record:

Back: DeBeer 25.76

Breast: Lohman 27.97

Fly: Seidt 24.07

Free: Bauer 22.81

New Record:

 Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
    School                        Prelims     Finals              
                         === A - Final ===                          
  1 Harpeth Hall  'A'             1:42.61    1:38.77        
     1) Walsh, Alex                   2) Nelson, Ella                 
     3) Massey, Alex                  4) Walsh, Gretchen              
                 24.37        52.64 (28.27)
        1:17.13 (24.49)     1:38.77 (21.64)

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  1. avatar

    Careful. The Walsh sisters are certainly great athletes but they have a ways to go before Harpeth Hall is known as the home of the Walsh sisters rather than the home of Tracey Caulkins.

    • avatar
      Living in the past

      who is Tracey caulkings?

  2. Pat Kennedy

    Congratulations to the entire relay team, their coaches and families.

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