Harpeth Hall Girls, Baylor Boys Dominate First Half of Tennessee HS State Meet

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The 2018 Tennessee High School swimming and diving state championships kicked off today, with prelims and finals of the first half of the event lineup. The second half of the meet will take place Saturday evening.

Girls

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.

Alex Walsh was back in the very next event, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:45.93. Baylor’s Addison Smith finished second in 1:47.89. Rounding out the podium was Kalli Chelsvig of Ensworth (1:49.32).

Nelson helped Harpeth Hall go three for three on event victories. She held off a late charge from Brentwood Academy’s Allie Raab in the 200 IM. Nelson touched in 1:58.31 while Raab, a Stanford commit, settled for second in 1:58.56. Hardin Valley’s Carissa Armijo finished third (2:03.23).

Gretchen Walsh was back again with another impressive performance in the 50 freestyle. The freshman stopped the clock in 22.26, just .02 shy of the National Independent School record of 22.24, set by Maddy Schaefer in 2010. Walsh was followed to the wall by her Harpeth Hall teammate Ophelia Pilkinton in 22.85.

Station Camp’s Riley Gaines topped the 100 fly in 54.16. Runner up honors went to Harpeth Hall’s Massey in 55.71.

Boys

Jack KirbyLuis Sebastian WeekesZach AlthoffPiotr Kurleto swam a 1:30.56 200 medley relay to win the first event of the meet for Baylor. Their teammate Trey Freeman, a University of Florida commit, destroyed the 200 freestyle field with a 1:33.06. His time was a new National High School record.  Brentwood’s Matthew Lattin was runner up in 1:40.60.

Weekes kept the momentum rolling for Baylor, finishing in 1:50.22 to win the 200 IM. Chatt. Homeschool’s Gabriel Johnson was second in 1:51.95.

Three boys cleared 21 seconds in the 50 free: Bearden’s Caleb Harrington (20.37), West’s Coleman Kredich (20.45), and Baylor’s Kurleto (20.84).

Harrington pulled off a difficult double, touching in 48.36 to win the 100 fly. Sevier County’s Thomas Horne out touched Baylor’s Althoff 50.23 to 50.27 for second place.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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