Summer Sports

Greenwich native Alex Walsh advances to Olympic swimming semifinals in the 200-meter individual medley

Alex Walsh, a 19-year-old Greenwich native, who moved to Tennessee as a teenager, advanced to the semifinals in the 200-meter individual medley for Team USA at the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Walsh placed third at the preliminaries for the USA Women’s swim team to earn a spot in the semifinals, posting a personal-best time of 2:09.94. U.S. Olympic teammate Kate Douglass, a native of Westchester County, N.Y., also advanced to the 200-meter individual medley Olympic semifinals, finishing first in 2:09.16.

Walsh qualified for the 2021 Summer Olympic Games by swimming to a first-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., in June. She finished the 200 IM at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2:09.30.

A member of the University of Virginia women’s swimming team, Walsh was the NCAA champion this past season in the 200 IM and was a part of the school’s NCAA 800 freestyle relay team, which captured the NCAA title. She played an instrumental role in leading the Virginia women’s swim team to its first NCAA team swimming championship this past season.

Though she and her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, Walsh returned to Greenwich during her early teen years and swam for the Rock Point Club team, coached by Terry Lowe. At the Fairfield County Swim League Championships at the Wilton YMCA back in the summer of 2017, Walsh broke the FCSL record in winning the girls 17-under 50-meter breaststroke in 33.16 seconds that year.

Walsh also set an FCSL record in winning the 100 freestyle in 57.94 (surpassing her own 2016 mark of 58.59). She competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials as a 14-year-old back in the summer of 2016. Her younger sister Gretchen, who also starred at the Fairfield County Swim League Championships for several summers, will join the Virginia women’s swim team as a freshman this fall. Alex Walsh was a star swimmer at Harpeth Hall High School in Nashville, Tenn., prior to arriving at the University of Virginia.

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