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Gretchen Walsh Smashes National Record at Tennessee Invitational Months After Helping Virginia Win 3rd NCAA Swimming Championship

Published 11/16/2023, 10:07 PM EST

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On November 15th, the US swimming prodigy Gretchen Walsh displayed speedy execution in the swimming pool at the 2023 Tennessee Invitational. The 20-year-old collegiate swimmer aced through the ranks of her competitors and claimed another major victory in the 50-yard freestyle category.

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A recently uploaded social media post highlighted the record-breaking timing achieved by Gretchen Walsh at the Tennessee Invitational. In fact, her staunch achievement comes just months after she helped the University of Virginia win its third NCAA Swimming Championship.

Gretchen Walsh usurps another national record


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Gretchen Walsh is known for setting several records in the US collegiate swimming scene. Walsh’s performance on 15 November presented the audience with another record-breaking swim by the 20-year-old. USA Swimming took to its X handle to share then stellar achievement of Gretchen Walsh at the opening night of the 2023 Tennessee Invitational, as she clocked the timeframe of 20.79 to win the 50-yard freestyle.

Captioning the tweet, the USA Swimming penned, “20.79?! Gretchen Walsh took down the American record and tied the NCAA record in the 50-yard freestyle during yesterday’s Tennessee Invitational.” Walsh’s speedy swim tied her with LSU’s Maggie MacNeil who also cleared the 50- yard freestyle and clocked the same time.


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Gretchen Walsh also usurped her own US record of 20.83 seconds, which she set at the 2023 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Blazing through the pool at the Tennessee Invitational, the epic finish that Walsh registered also marks her sixth career sub-21 finish.


Gretchen Walsh had been trying to break this record for quite some time now. While her performance in Tennessee is being celebrated by the University of Virginia, this isn’t the first time she has made her university proud. In fact, she earned six gold medals for Virginia in March this year.

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In March 2023, Gretchen Walsh clinched six gold medals and a silver medal at the 2023 NCAA National Swimming Championship. Her efforts enabled the University of Virginia to claim its third NCAA title. While it was her excellent torpedo speed that led to the victory of Virginia, the humble swimmer expressed her gratitude for being in Virginia’s Swimming Program.


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Gretchen Walsh said, “It’s such a privilege to even be able to say that I’m on this team. And being able to do all this stuff with the wonderful group of girls who you know bust their booties every single day. Like, we work so hard.”

Walsh also noted that she’s proud of the impact she and her fellow Virginia swimmers are making. She noted, “It’s 30 weeks this season and um, yeah I just I couldn’t be more proud of all of us and just this legacy that we’re creating.” 


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With another brilliant performance and another national record to her name, Gretchen Walsh will look forward to winning more medals and breaking more records. 

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Ankit Singh


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