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UVA’s Gretchen Walsh, Emma Weber, alum Paige Madden place at U.S. Olympic Trials

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Rising UVA senior Gretchen Walsh won the 100-meter butterfly event at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday, a day after setting a new world record in a semifinal heat in the event.

Walsh, ranked #1 in the world in the 100 fly ahead of the trials, finished in 55.31 seconds in the final on Sunday, .21 seconds faster than the previous American-record holder, Torri Huske, who is ranked #2 in the world in the 100 fly.

Regan Smith, ranked #3 in the world, came in third with a time of 55.62 seconds.

Another UVA swimmer, Claire Curzan, placed in fourth, finishing with a time of 57.47 seconds.

The top two swimmers in each final make the U.S. Olympic team.

On Saturday, Walsh finished her semifinal heat in 55.18 seconds, bettering the previous world-record mark of 55.48 seconds set by Sarah Sjostrom in 2016.

UVA alum Paige Madden posted a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle with a personal best time of 4:02.08. Another alum, Leah Smith, who owns the UVA record in the event, was seventh (4:09.34).

Madden also secured a spot on the 200-meter freestyle relay team after finishing third in the 200 freestyle finals. Madden matched her personal best time in the event (1:56.36) during Monday night’s finals in Indianapolis.

Rising senior Emma Weber set a UVA record (1:06.10) to finish second in the 100-meter breaststroke. Weber beat out reigning Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby by .27 seconds to capture runner-up honors.

The U.S. Olympic trials run through Sunday.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].