Gretchen Walsh Almost Becomes First 14-Year-Old Under 22 Seconds in 50 Free With 22.00

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

14-year-old Gretchen Walsh has been the talk of the town at the Speedo Junior Nationals East in Knoxville. Walsh turned a lot of heads when she split a 21 low last night in the 200 medley relay on Wednesday night. She backed that up with a 22.00 on Thursday night to almost become the first 14-year-old under 22 seconds in the 50 free. She broke her own NAG record that she set this morning that was a 22.26. She now sits clearly in first ahead of Katherine Douglass (22.32).

Douglass ended up finishing second in the final with a 22.18 ahead of Walsh’s older sister Alex Walsh (22.28). Douglass moved to seventh all-time in the 15-16 age group with that swim to move ahead of national junior teamer Grace Ariola. Alex Walsh is now 16th in the same age group all-time rankings.

Grace Countie (22.50), Gabriela Albiero (22.74), Talia Bates (22.76), Cora Dupre (22.78) and Olwyn Bartis (22.97) also swam in the championship final.

 Event 9  Women 50 Yard Freestyle
  SC Jrs Meet: J 21.49  12/12/14  Abbigail Weitzeil, Canyons Aquatic
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals HyPts Points
                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Gretchen Walsh   14 Nashville Aquati    22.26      22.00   971   20  
  2 Katherine Dougl  16 Chelsea Piers Aq    22.48      22.18   952   17  
  3 Alexandra Walsh  16 Nashville Aquati    22.35      22.28   941   16  
  4 Grace Countie    18 Marlins of Ralei    22.52      22.50   919   15  
  5 Gabriela Albier  15 Cardinal Aquatic    22.80      22.74   894   14  
  6 Talia Bates      16 Gator Swim Club-    22.84      22.76   892   13  
  7 Cora Dupre       16 Mason Manta Rays    22.51      22.78   890   12  
  8 Olwyn Bartis     16 SwimMAC Carolina    22.84      22.97   870   11


  1. Chris Breedy

    21.01 anchoring the medley relay!!

  2. Francis Schmitz

    LeeAnne Thorson Schwan, I’m sure from the blocks!

  3. Trea Nget

    Candice Solis Mulder check out this girl!

  4. Cheryl Wickens

    Dang! She is a beast! That is wicked fast

  5. Dave Hoover

    Joel Dodds ….Are you kidding me, 14!

  6. Boris Chiu

    @owen chan, we reli nees to know whats goibg on with us

  7. Pat Kennedy

    Congratulations to this young lady, her family and coaches.

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    I don’tknow about all of you, but doesn’t Gretchen look just like the other famous swimming Walsh…SUE WALSH?!!!

  9. Ed Johnston

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