Tennessean Coach of the Year and All-Midstate swimmers announced

Tennessean Coach of the Year and All-Midstate swimmers announced

Harpeth Hall's Swimming and Diving team enjoyed another record breaking year, winning their 22nd consecutive Middle Tennessee High School Swim Association (MTHSS) Region Championship in early January and earned State Runner-Up in the TISCA State Championship. Harpeth Hall qualified more girls for the state meet than any other girls team and swam to 20 best times.

All of this happened under the leadership of Coach Polly Linden, and once again the Tennessean took notice. The Tennessean has selected Coach Linden as Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. 

The Tennessean also announced the All-Midstate girls swimming team members for 2019. All eight individual members are automatically nominees for the girls Tennessean Swimmer of the Year. Five out of the eight swimmers attend Harpeth Hall. 

[swimmer photos and stats courtesy of the Tennessean]

Ella Nelson, Class of 2019

Events: 200-yard IM, 500 freestyle

Why chosen: The University of Virginia signee won the state title, finishing in 1:57.80 and was second in the 500 freestyle in 4:48.87

Ophelia Pilkinton, Class of 2019

Event: 50-yard freestyle

Why chosen: The Yale University signee won the state title, finishing in 22.74 seconds

Alex Massey, Class of 2020

Event: 100-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke

Why chosen: Massey was third in the 100 yard butterfly in 54.82 and fourth in the 100 backstroke in 55.74 

Alex Walsh, Class of 2020

Event: 200-yard freestyle, 100 breaststroke

Why chosen: The University of Virginia commitment was the state champion in both events, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:45.05 and 100 breaststroke in 59.08

Gretchen Walsh, Class of 2021

Event: 100-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke

Why chosen: Walsh was the state champion in both events, winning the 200 freestyle in 52.36 and the 100 backstroke in 51.57

The Tennessean Swimmer of the Year will be announced on May 31 at the fourth annual Tennessean Sports Awards.

Coach Polly Linden, named Tennessean Coach of the Year 2019. She was also named Coach of the Year by the Tennessean in 2018.

"As you can see from their accolades, these five girls are incredibly talented swimmers. What you do not necessarily know is that they are as humble as they are talented," Coach Linden said of her outstanding swimmers.

We are so proud of Coach Linden and of the team's impressive records and accomplishments. Go Bearacudas!