SHELTON — Lauren Walsh was pleased. She had put up a time of 1:13.00 in the 100-meter breaststroke at Wesleyan University. It was July 2019. Walsh was 15. She climbed out of the pool and joined coach Chuck Clark on the pool deck.
“Coach said to me: ‘You know if you keep working like you are doing you are going to Olympic Trials.’ I looked at him. That wasn’t even on my mind. I never thought that I would be fast enough,” Walsh remembers.