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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 Walsh, Ella Nelson, Alex 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.
Back: DeBeer 25.76
Breast: Lohman 27.97
Fly: Seidt 24.07
Free: Bauer 22.81
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)
Full results available here.
Meet preview available here.