NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Nashville swimmer Alex Walsh won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics Tuesday night.
The 19-year-old Harpeth Hall grad finished with a time of 2:08.65, just .13 seconds behind Japanese gold medalist Yui Ohashi in the 200m individual medley. Walsh’s University of Virginia teammate Kate Douglass rounded out the top three with a time of 2:09.04, claiming a bronze medal.
Walsh grew up training in the Tracy Caulkins competition pool at Nashville’s Centennial Sportsplex.
Her swimming and diving coach at Harpeth Hall, Polly Linden, told News 2 Walsh’s impact on the swimming world began long her trip to Tokyo.
“Alex broke high school records. Our team was named national champions for two years with Alex, so we definitely had gotten used to all kinds of awards that we had not seen before with the Walsh sisters on our team. I think this is just the next level. Where do you go from NCAA champion as a freshman? I guess Olympic medalist,” said Linden.
“We feel honored to have Alex as an alumna of Harpeth Hall,” said Head of School Jess Hill. “Her strength and poise are an inspiration to all of us, and I am so glad she will now serve as a role model to all girls and young women. She leads confidently both in and out of the pool.”
Coach Linden added it’s totally possible for Alex and her younger sister Gretchen to compete in Paris in 2024.
Gretchen Walsh is a top recruit in the country who plans to attend the University of Virginia, following in her sister’s footsteps.