Douglass Scorches 2:06.98 200 Breast in UVA Win Over NC State

by Robert Gibbs 29

January 24th, 2020 ACC, College, News

Virginia vs. NC State

  • Friday, January 24, 2020
  • UVA Aquatic and Fitness Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • SCY
  • Full Results
  • Live Results
  • Women’s Results:
    • NC State 173, Virginia 127

The UVA Cavaliers, the consensus #3 pick in our most recent round of NCAA power rankings, toppled the #5 NC State Wolfpack in a battle of ACC rivals Friday afternoon.

Freshman Kate Douglass shined with two individual wins and helping UVA sweep the relays. After swimming fly on UVA’s 1:35.40 200 medley relay (splits not yet available), Douglass won  the 50 free in 22.22, roughly seven-tenths off of her season and lifetime best of 21.53. But the big swim came in the 200 breast, where she rocked a 2:06.98. Yes, in a practice suit. Douglass was already the only women under 2:07 this season and the 200 breast, pacing the nation with a 2:06.19 from the UT Invite. Douglass complete her stellar session by anchoring UVA’s 400 free relay in 47.69 overcoming nearly a two-second deficit to give the Cavaliers the win in 3:16.62.

Paige Madden also won three events for the Cavaliers, sweeping the longest three free events. She earned the first individual win of the day with a 9:43.90 victory in the 1000 free. NC State had two women within striking distance – Makayla Sargent and Kate Moore – but they ultimately finished 2nd and 3rd with times of 9:45.00 and 9:47.98, respectively. Madden jumped back in ten minutes later for the 200 free, and jumped out to an early lead. Kylee Alons tried closing the gap, but ultimately couldn’t, as Madden kept UVA’s win streak alive with a 1:44.66. She’s currently ranked 4th in the nation with a 1:43.52 from the UT Invite. Madden then wrapped up her day with a 4:46.16 victory in the 500 free.

The Cavaliers also got wins from Abby Richter in the 200 fly (1:58.26) and Alexis Wenger in the 100 breast (59.58). Wenger’s time was just off her 59.41 from the UT Invite, a time that ranks her #9 in the nation.

UVA had a few swimmers suit up for a swim or two, with either all or most of those suited swims counting as exhibition. One of those swims was Caroline Kulp‘s 1:56.39 in the 200 fly; she touched the wall first by nearly two seconds, but was marked exhibition in the results.

Sprint specialist Kylee Alons paced NC State with a pair of wins. First, she edged out UVA’s Morgan Hill 48.80 to 48.86 in the 100 free, then won the 100 fly in a pool record in 52.49.

NC State has one of the deepest backstroke groups in the country, so it was no surprise when Katharine Berkoff ended UVA’s early win streak with a 52.37 in the 100 back. The Wolfpack went 1-2, as Emma Muzzy finished 2nd in 53.26. The pair would repeat their 1-2 finish in the 200 back, with Berkoff winning in 1:53.53 and Muzzy touching in 1:53.96.

The final individual event of the day was the closest, as Muzzy touched just ahead of UVAs Richter to win the 200 IM, 1:58.43 to 1:58.49.

NC State Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The No. 7/3 NC State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams set three pool records on Friday at the ACC showdown in the University of Virginia Aquatic Center as the Wolfpack men captured their sixth consecutive dual meet win over the Cavaliers, 169-131.

Coleman Stewart (100-yard backstroke – 45.64), Emma Muzzy (200 individual medley – 1:58.43) and Kylee Alons (100-yard butterfly – 52.49) broke pool records on their way to individual event titles.

The Wolfpack women fell to the Cavaliers, 173-127.

Nyls Korstanje and Stewart led the Pack in scoring for the men, and on the women’s side Alons posted the most points for the squad. Korstanje, Stewart and Alons, along with teammate Ross Dant, each recorded multiple individual event titles on the day.

In the women’s 100-yard backstroke, Katharine Berkoff (52.37) and Muzzy (53.26) posted a pair of NCAA B cuts on their way to a one-two finish. For the second consecutive weekend Berkoff swept the backstroke events thanks to a 1:53.43 finish in the 200-yard backstroke.

Virginia Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –  The No. 6 Virginia women’s swimming and diving team set five Aquatic and Fitness Center records on its way to defeating No. 3 NC State 173-127 on Friday (Jan. 24). The No. 17 Cavalier men’s team fell 169-131 to the No. 7 men’s team from NC State.

The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team set five facility records during the meet, including two relay records. The Cavaliers opened the day with the 200-yard medley relay team of junior Caroline Gmelich (Rumson, N.J.), sophomore Alexis Wenger (Detroit, Mich.), freshman Kate Douglass(Pelham, N.Y.) and senior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) placing first and setting a facility record with a time of 1:35.40. Hill, junior Kyla Valls (Miami, Fla.), junior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.) and Douglass recorded a time of 3:16.62 in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay to top the Aquatic and Fitness Center record set by the Cavaliers in 2017.

Individually, Madden swam a time of 1:44.66 to pass Hill’s 2018 facility record in the 200-yard freestyle. Wenger swam a time of 59.58 in the 100-yard breaststroke, topping a facility record set by FSU’s Emma Dutton in 2004, while Douglass surpassed her own record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:06.98.

Madden captured two additional wins during the meet, placing first in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:43.90 and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:46.16. Junior Abby Richter (Henderson, Nev.) finished with the top time in the 200-yard butterfly, reaching the wall with a time of 1:58.26. Douglass went 22.22 for a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

Senior Sydney Dusel (Naperville, Ill.) swept the women’s 1m and 3m board, recording a score of 303.60 on the 1m board to win the event by over 35 points before scoring 317.33 on the 3m moments later.

Virginia had four individuals record a win in the men’s meet against the Wolfpack. Junior Keefer Barnum (Louisville, Ky.) led the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 53.66. Junior Matthew Otto (Newark, Del.) finished with a time of 1:57.92 in the 200-yard breaststroke to top the event, while sophomore Casey Storch (Great Falls, Va.) captured a time of 1:47.99 for the top time in the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Bryce Shelton (Vienna, Va.) won the 1m board with a score of 322.73.

“This was a great team performance this afternoon,” head coach Todd DeSorbo said. “We talk continuously about everybody on the team stepping up, everybody on the team knowing their role and everybody on the team being focused and committed to that role, and tonight both the men and women really came out and showed that. I was definitely pleased with how the team executed all the races, how they battled hard all the way to the finish in every race and the energy the team had throughout the competition. It’s a great rivalry with NC State, having coached there for a while and knowing their coaches very well. They’re a great team and are very well coached. They definitely bring out the best in us and I hope that we bring out the best in their program.

“Our women got the meet started off fast with a 200 medley relay that would win most meets around the country, no matter what time of year, and Paige Madden with a triple that’s very challenging, winning the 1000, 200 and 500 freestyle. She’s so disciplined, so controlled and just swam great races tonight. Alexis Wenger had a little bit of a breakout in her 100 breaststroke, beating the reigning ACC champion tonight, and is starting to make a name for herself. Kate Douglass did what she does best, dominating with a win in the 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke and was an integral part of both relay wins, especially the last freestyle relay where she came from almost two seconds behind to seal the win. We also had some great performances from a lot of other people, Maddie Donohoe, Ella Nelson, Morgan Hill, Caroline Kulp, Carter Bristow and Abby Richter to name a few. The men fought hard, as it’s the best showing we’ve had against NC State in quite some time, proving that they are a significantly improved team and will most definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the very near future. We had some exceptional performances by Keefer Barnum, Ted Schubert, August Lamb, Justin Grender and our breaststrokers and IM’ers flexing at the end of the competition to go 1-2-3. I am excited about the direction our men are headed and looking forward to another tough day of competition tomorrow here at home with UNC. We are going to have to do a great job of recovering tonight and coming back with the same emotion we had today.”

The Cavaliers will return to action tomorrow, hosting North Carolina at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. Diving events will begin at noon and swimming events will start at 3 p.m. The Cavaliers will honor 11 fourth-years as part of the team’s Senior Day celebration prior to the start of the Saturday’s swimming session.

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10 months ago


DeSorbo Effect
Reply to  Swimmerj
9 months ago

BOOM!!! Now that’s how it’s done! Our Lady Hoos sent Tuffy the fake wolf packing from Hooville LOL

DeSorbo putting Holloway, Meehan & Bottom on notice their’s a new BOSS in town. The HYPE is real!

Reply to  DeSorbo Effect
9 months ago

VA were not going shake hands until NCSU swimmers insisted. Then one of the VA coaches told each of the swimmers “See, I’m shaking your hand. Now
SwimSwam cant report that.” Classy.

Reply to  Snarky
9 months ago

This sounds so made up

long boi
Reply to  coachymccoachface
9 months ago

I can confirm it did happen

Reply to  long boi
9 months ago

My favorite internet trashtalkers are internet trashtalkers who use the word “classy” as a shot at real life trash talkers, as if coming on the internet and complaining about what the UVA coaches did or didn’t do is “classy.”

Texas swims in a short pool
10 months ago

Uva swimming 1-2 seconds faster across the board and in some cases more from last week. Wonder if it was excitement over racing their rival or a little bit of the rest factor.

Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
10 months ago

Tell me if I’m wrong but haven’t we seen this from UVA since Todd arrived? They swim alright mid season, fast the last dual meet or two, faster at ACCs and then are real good at NCAAs? Just seems like they always come out of nowhere the last two months.

Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
10 months ago

Acc is 3 and a half weeks out. Might be coming down a litle?

Reply to  DravenOP
10 months ago

Women? Most likely not really

Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
10 months ago

Ever been to Christiansburg? Hard to get excited….

Some Dude
Reply to  Texas swims in a short pool
10 months ago

They wanted the win badly they were rested a bit

OG Prodigy
10 months ago

jeeeeeeez. What would Lily King go in season? Not that it’s a straight comparison ( obviously different programs have different training plans ) but it’d be fun to see where they compare pre-shave-taper!

Reply to  OG Prodigy
10 months ago

On January 17th, 2019, during her senior year, Lilly swam 2:11.57 in a dual meet against Michigan. On January 20th, 2018 against Purdue, she was 2:10.61.

OG Prodigy
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

Thanks, was too lazy to look. Although now I’m curious. If I recall she did a few that were negative split eh? Were any of those the negative split ones?