Walsh, King each named ACC Swimmer of the Week

Courtesy UVA Media Relations


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Junior Matt King and sophomore Gretchen Walsh were named ACC Swimmers of the Week for their performances for the Virginia swimming & diving team in its dual at Texas.

It is the first ACC weekly honor this season for King and second honor for Walsh.

King swam the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season in the 100 free, earning a ‘B’ time with his first-place mark of 42.46 in No. 9 Virginia’s meet against No. 2 Texas. He was also a part of the 200 free relay that won first place in 1:17.07, a NCAA ‘B’ cut time, and currently the fastest finish in the country this season. The junior added a 3:06.33 NCAA ‘A’ zone time in the 400 medley relay that placed second against the Longhorns.

Walsh holds the fastest times in the nation in the 50 free, 100 free, the 200 free relay and recorded the fastest time ever recorded in the 100 IM at No. 1 Virginia’s meet against No. 3 Texas. Her 21.16 in the 50 free, 47.11 in the 100 free and the 1:28.34 as part of the 200 free relay earned NCAA ‘A’ cut times. Walsh placed first in all of those events, as well as the 100 IM (not an NCAA event) in 52.09.

King and Walsh were both part of the first-place mixed 400 free relay in 2:58.50.