After Breaking American Record, Kate Douglass May Not Swim the 50 Free at Olympic Trials

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At the 2024 World Championships in Doha, Kate Douglass swam a 23.91 50 free, good for silver behind world record holder Sarah Sjostrom. That broke the previous American record held by Simone Manuel.

Douglass explains that getting through Sarah Sjostrom to reach the top of the podium is an obstacle that many have tried and few have succeeded. She has been training for the 200 IM and she is the reigning world champion in it, so she feels more confident in focusing on that event.

The 200 IM is on Day 7/8 at the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games, while the 50 free is Day 8/9. The 50 free semi-final is directly before the 200 IM final on Day 8.

  • 0:00 Kate Douglass Introduction
  • 1:03 Managing School While at World Champs
  • 2:37 Gretchen Walsh 19.9 Split & 20.5 50 Free
  • 3:49 100 Free/200 Breast Double
  • 7:10 Managing Time Difference/Travel
  • 8:39 200 IM
  • 9:39 50 Free
  • 11:00 Olympic Trials Schedule
  • 14:30 Mixed Relays
  • 16:24 Takeaways

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Bill Lumberg
1 month ago

Good candid interview from her. I feel like she doesn’t disclose a lot in interviews but she was very open despite clearly being sick here.

NJ Cav
1 month ago

While the 200IM makes more sense, couldn’t she have had some fun with YanYan by saying she might consider the 50 free instead?

Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

I think the seed is planted for 2028 LA if Sarah is retired

Pan Fan
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

Yup!

ZThomas
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

No inside knowledge other than what she has said publically but it seems Kate will likely be retired by then too.

Sapiens Ursus
Reply to  ZThomas
1 month ago

Throwaway interview with swimswam in November 2023 asked her about retirement, she said she could see it in the near future.

The grind is tough and there’s not a lot of money in the sport, she wouldn’t be the first well educated swimmer to dip out after taking her shot at Olympic glory.

Need More Yards
Reply to  Sapiens Ursus
1 month ago

Enter Andrew Wilson and Seliskar

iLikePsych
Reply to  Need More Yards
1 month ago

But counterpoint, enter Nic Fink

Chucky
Reply to  Need More Yards
1 month ago

Not nearly as accomplished as KD. Different opportunities.

VikingSteve
Reply to  ZThomas
1 month ago

I think she’ll step away for the better part of a year, but will then miss it and feel the pull of LA. She’ll be back….

Bill Lumberg
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

she is retiring after pareee

DG5301
1 month ago

Even though it’s “just a 50,” it means having a morning swim then a semi right before going up against Alex, Kayleigh, Summer, and Yui. I’d want the morning off and no semi myself, especially on day 8 of the meet.

DG5301
Reply to  DG5301
1 month ago

And I completely forgot about Regan at trials. There’s a very real risk of coming in 3rd if she’s not 100% on point.

Willswim
Reply to  DG5301
1 month ago

Not just Regan, Huske and Hayes are no joke either. She’s making the right decision.

Octavio Gupta
1 month ago

Abbey and Gretchen would beat her anyways. I’m serious.

Bill Lumberg
Reply to  Octavio Gupta
1 month ago

Gretchen can. Abbey, I don’t think so.

RealSlimThomas
1 month ago

I think it all depends on the number of events she’s interested in doing. 3 rounds of a 50 free at the Games is a lot less taxing. Conceivably she could be interested in the 1fr, 2br, 1fly plus any number of relays.

DPR
1 month ago

The only events that day at Trials are the 50 free and 1500. Why not give it a shot?

DG5301
Reply to  DPR
1 month ago

Because on day 8 of trials and Olympics she would have to do the prelim & semi of the 50, with the semi immediately before the 200IM final. I think she knows she’ll need to be fresh, especially that late in the meet, to have her best shot in the IM. Trials would likely go her way, but in Paris the time that won in Tokyo will almost certainly be out of the medals.

Southerly Buster
Reply to  DG5301
1 month ago

Yeah I suppose she doesn’t have much choice. It’s a pity though that 23.91 at Doha was really impressive.

NJ Cav
Reply to  DPR
1 month ago

In addition to the individual event conflicts, at the Olympics the day ends with the 4×100 mixed medley relay, which Douglass may be racing as well.

Swimfan27
1 month ago

Bruh

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