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The 2018 Tennessee High School swimming state championships will dive in on Friday. Psych sheets for the meet have been released.
In 2017 freshman Alex Walsh was the story of the meet, winning two individual events, setting an individual state record, and playing a key role on two winning relays, including one that set a state record.
This year Walsh returns with the second seed in the 200 freestyle. There she is just a tenth behind Baylor’s Addison Smith, but entered four seconds slower than she went last year. Instead of defending her 100 backstroke title, Walsh will swim the 100 breaststroke this year. There she’ll take on defending champion and state record holder, Brentwood’s Allie Raab. Walsh’s senior teammate Julia Eskew is third seed, after taking bronze in the event last year.
Raab is top seed in the 200 IM, though the Stanford commit should have a great race with Harpeth’s junior Ella Nelson. Nelson is second seed in the 500 freestyle, just tenths behind Baylor’s Smith.
Walsh’s freshman sister Gretchen is the second seed in the 50 free, behind junior teammate Ophelia Pilkinton. Gretchen Walsh is also entered third in the 100 backstroke. Pilkinton is also top seed in the 100 free. Kiara Norris of St. Mary’s Episcopal School has the fastest seed time in the 100 butterfly, though the field is stacked up close behind her.
Harpeth Hall is seeded first by a full seven seconds, in a great position to defend their 200 medley relay state title. The team looks to be strong enough to take all three relay state titles this weekend.
Baylor senior Trey Freeman is likely to defend both his 200 and 500 freestyle state titles. His entry times (1:33.98, 4:15.06) are already significantly faster than the times he went at last year’s meet. The University of Florida commit is seeded well ahead of the field, likely only racing the clock.
Freeman’s classmate and teammate Luis Sebastian Weekes is top seed in the 200 IM and entered second in the 100 breaststroke behind Chattanooga Area Homeschool’s Luke Massey.
Bearden High’s senior Caleb Harrington has the fastest entry (20.25) in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly (47.53).
Another senior has the top seed in the 100 freestyle: Brentwood’s Matthew Lattin. Lattin is second to Freeman in the 200 free.
Jack Kirby, a Baylor junior has the fastest entry in the 100 backstroke at 48.63, though his senior teammate Zach Althoff isn’t far behind with a 49.35.
As for the relays, Bearden has the upper hand in the 400 freestyle relay, where the team is entered two tenths ahead of Baylor, but Baylor has the fastest entry in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relays.
Full psych sheets available here.