CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Gretchen Walsh was named ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the third time this year after setting numerous records at the Tennessee Invitational.
Walsh swam two of the fastest times ever recorded as she led Virginia to a first-place finish at the Tennessee Invite. Walsh set an unofficial American, NCAA & US Open record in the 100-yard butterfly during the women’s 100-yard freestyle event on the final night of the meet. Her historic time of 48.30 in the 100 fly broke Kate Douglass’s record set in March and was still the second-fastest time in the 100 free event. Walsh then closed out the meet with the fastest-ever 100 free relay split, going 45.18 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
She matched the NCAA record and improved her own American record with a time of 20.79 in the 50 free, which tied Maggie McNeil’s NCAA record from the 2023 NCAA Championships. Walsh cut .04 seconds off her own American record and UVA record in the event. The junior was also part of the winning 200 medley relay with a time of 1:33.69. Walsh blasted a UVA and meet record time of 1:41.32 to win the 200 free, as the Hoos took the top six spots in the A Final. Walsh was also part of the 400-yard free relay with the third-fastest 100 free time in UVA history, winning with a meet record time of 3:07.60.