Gretchen Walsh Blasts 46.98 100 Free for New National High School Record

Gretchen Walsh; Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

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After a dominant first day at the 2020 TISCA Championships in Knoxville where she broke the National High School record in the 50 free, Gretchen Walsh wasted no time rewriting history on day two.

While representing Harpeth Hall High School, Walsh blasted a 46.98 in the 100 free to break Abbey Weitzeil’s overall National High School record of 47.09 set on May 16, 2015 at the CIF State Championships.

Her splits:

  • 50 free – 22.66
  • 100 free – 46.98 (24.32)

Walsh also took down Missy Franklin’s National Independent High School record of 48.39 set on February 13, 2010. Weitzeil, who recently became the first woman to ever break 21 seconds in the 50 free, still owns the National Public High School record in the event.

Walsh is now the third fastest 100 freestyler in 17-18 age group history:

1. Simone Manuel – 46.09
2. Abbey Weitzeil – 46.29
3. Gretchen Walsh – 46.98

Walsh does her club swimming with Nashville Aquatic Club and is a member of the USA Swimming National Team. As a team captain at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Budapest, Walsh collected two individual golds and three relay golds while helping Team USA to a World Junior record in the mixed 4x100m free relay.

She recently verbally committed to Virginia for the fall of 2021.

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