Dissecting Kate Douglass’s 6-Medal Performance at the 2023 World Championships

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

SwimSwam caught up with Kate Douglass, the 2023 world champion in the women’s 200 IM who took home a whopping 6 medals from Fukuoka. Douglass is about to start her master’s degree in statistics at UVA while gearing up for the 2024 Olympic Trials.

Douglass reflects on her huge event lineup in Japan, including taking on the 200 IM Semi-final 10 minutes before anchoring the women’s 400 free relay and swimming the 200 breast and 100 free back-to-back through prelims, semis, and finals.

  • 0:00 Kate Douglass Introduction
  • 0:45 Master’s Degree in Statistics
  • 5:25 Pro Life
  • 7:18 US Trials/Training Camp
  • 12:01 200 IM Semi-Final
  • 13:40 400 Free Relay
  • 16:00 200 IM Final
  • 19:03 200 Breast/100 Free
  • 23:03 Anchoring USA Relays
  • 25:50 6 Medals
  • 28:15 200 Free Training


Music: Otis McDonald

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VA Steve
20 days ago

Great interview. Please do some 50FRs this year. I like that for Paris. Better schedule!

Viking Steve
23 days ago

Such. A. Big. Fan.

Poised, confident, gracious, ambitious and intelligent…. oh yeah… and a world champion swimmer too.

Her patience with Coleman struggling to follow applied statistics a bonus 🙂

Not that she does or should read any of these comments…

But she should look into Biostatistics.

Medical research is an interesting and rewarding place to apply advanced statistical analysis (only getting more complex and challenging with huge data repositories and AI)

Awsi Dooger
23 days ago

Good segment regarding that medley semifinal. It made me nervous also.

Argentina on top 🇦🇷
24 days ago

It’s time to bring Bob Bowman to the pod.

24 days ago

“what is your approach to the backstroke leg?”

(Why does the entire field catch and pass you in the backstroke leg and how will you stop that from continuing to happen).

Beginner Swimmer at 25
24 days ago

I remember all the Aussies calling her a bathtub specialist when she already had an Olympic bronze

Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
24 days ago

Not me. Big Kate Douglass fan. I also think those people were not all Australians.

Reply to  Kelsey
24 days ago

You’re right

Southerly Buster
Reply to  Kelsey
23 days ago

I’m Australian and I think Kate Douglass is great for the sport. A 200 Breaststroker who is now established as your No.1 100 metre freestyle sprinter. Its intriguing to follow her progress.

Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
24 days ago

Yes, ALL Australians said that. Not just a few trolls, but ALL of them.

Just like ALL Americans called for the IOC to sanction Cate Campbell for ‘xenophobia’. And ALL Americans called for an investigation into Qin Haiyang for no reason. And ALL Americans called for an investigation into MOC because you’re not allowed to break a WR a month after a slight knee injury.

24 days ago

pretty, smart, and one of the best athletes in the world. K8 has a great future shaping up. Curious how many long course practices she can get in though. Maybe im overthinking it but going into an Olympic year, I would think she has to focus primarily on the long pool. Also curious about her swimming off events in racing to make her IM faster.

24 days ago

good interview, kate seems to have a very healthy relationship with swimming and to have a lot of fun. A pity no more interesting questions there is a lot to ask him.
I would like to have known your opinion on many issues such as Kaylee’s disqualification or the performance of many swimmers.

but I loved listening to her, she looks very comfortable, she has an incredible talent

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