Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh To Face Off In 100 IM At UVA Intrasquad (ENTRY LIST)

Yanyan Li
by Yanyan Li 18

September 29th, 2022 ACC, College, National, News

UVA Blue vs. Orange Intrasquad

The University of Virginia has released the entry lists for their annual Blue vs. Orange intrasquad meet, which is set to take place this Saturday at 9:00 AM. The event lineup consists of 50 and 150-yard races of all four strokes, a 300 free and IM, a 600 free, a 100 IM, and one/three-meter diving events for both men and women. In addition, there will also be a mixed 200 medley class relay (freshmen vs. sophomores vs. juniors vs. seniors) and a mixed 200 free relay between the blue and orange teams.

Full Event Order:

  • Mixed 200 medley class relay
  • 600 free
  • 150 free
  • 300 IM
  • 50 back
  • 50 breast
  • 150 fly
  • 50 free
  • 150 back
  • 150 breast
  • 50 fly
  • 300 free
  • 100 IM
  • 3-meter diving
  • 1-meter diving
  • Mixed 200 free relay

This meet serves as the 2022-23 season debut for three of the best women’s NCAA swimmers in the country: Kate Douglass, Gretchen Walsh, and Alex Walsh. These three swimmers were the top three individual point scorers at the 2022 NCAA Championships, and will be facing off against each other in several events at this intrasquad.

Douglass and Gretchen Walsh will be going head-to-head in the 50 free, where they went 1-2 at NCAAs last year and swam times of 20.84 and 20.95 respectively (the first and fourth-fastest times in the event’s history). On the contrary, Douglass and Alex Walsh will be racing each other in both the 150 fly and 100 IM. In addition to their races against each other, Douglass is entered in the 50 fly, Gretchen Walsh is entered in the 150 free, 150 back, and 50 back, and Alex Walsh is entered in the 300 IM and 150 breast.

The battle between Douglass and Walsh in the 100 IM will be one of the most anticipated events of the meet, as this race is their first time competing against each other in an IM event since the Tokyo Olympics—where Walsh won silver and Douglass won bronze in the 200 IM. This race leans slightly in Douglass’ favor considering that she’s a sprinter, and also because the last time she raced the 100 IM at an intrasquad meet, she clocked a time of 52.48 which was the fastest in the history of the event. However, Walsh has been as fast as 53.08 in the event and is currently both the defending NCAA and World Champion in the 200 IM.

On the men’s side, there will be several showdowns between some of the best sprinters in the country. The 50 free and 150 free will consist of Matt King, Matt Brownstead, August Lamb, and Connor Boyle, who were the four members of Virginia’s American record-breaking 200 free relay last season. Joining them in both races will be Jack Aikins, who was a member of the team’s 400 free relay that took fifth at NCAAs.

The sprinting races between King and Brownstead will be interesting ones to watch. Brownstead holds the Virginia team records in the 50 and 100 free with times of 18.60 and 41.22 respectively, and has arguably been the better-performing swimmer in yards out of the two. However, King isn’t much slower than him, holding personal bests of 18.96 and 41.34. In addition, he’s coming off a major long course summer breakout where he took home U.S. national titles in the 50 and 100 free and is entering the NCAA season with a lot of momentum.

In addition, we will also get to see several of the top freshmen in the country make their first collegiate appearances at this meet. This includes Claire Tuggle, Carly Novelline, Emma Weber, and Sebastien Sergile —who were all ranked by SwimSwam as top 20 recruits in the class of 2022. Recent transfers Sam Baron, Maxine Parker, and Tim Connery will also swim their first meets as Cavaliers here.

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hafl1
1 month ago

any results anywhere?

Melanie
1 month ago

I’ve never understood why athletes get out of form. Be happy, don’t be shy I tell my kids that every day. Be in form, we love to see it!

Yikes
Reply to  Melanie
1 month ago

What did this even mean?

Melanie
Reply to  Yikes
1 month ago

Tuggle

Meathead
1 month ago

100 IM should be an event…best event in SCY swimming

swimmer
1 month ago

I love watching Matt King swim. He knows he stinks at underwaters and is superior on top of the water. Comes up immediately off the start and turns and just goes beast mode.

Chris
1 month ago

Cadwallader beats her. Shes the faster sprinter.

Teddy
1 month ago

I’m excited about this, more than I would have expected myself to be for made up events

James Beam
1 month ago

seeing those 50 free times made me think…are we close to the first 19-point women’s 50 free flat start? How many more years til it happens?

SwimGeek
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

Are we close? Not really. Will it happen some day far off? Probably (hopefully).
Leigh Ann Fetter (U Texas) was first woman under 22 seconds – back in approximately 1990. So it’s taken about 30 yrs to move 1 second. The next 1 second will be that much harder — so it might take even longer.

Admin
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

I dunno….I don’t think we’re that close. 8 tenths is a LONG way in the 50 yard free.

Then again, that’s about how much Caeleb dropped the men’s record….

tea rex
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

With a relay start, I expect 19-point in about 5 years.
Maybe another 20 years for a flat start 19-point, unless Ledecky decides to take up sprinting.

Chris
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

10+ years maybe. 15

Snarky
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

20.8 is a looooooooooong way from 19.9. Not going to happen in my lifetime absent super suits or open doping rules, neither of which I ever hope happen.

Suzy Q
1 month ago

miss tuggle clearing wbk

Melanie
Reply to  Suzy Q
1 month ago

Tuggle

Eva
Reply to  Suzy Q
1 month ago

I don’t understand all the Claire Tuggle hate. She’s a teenager. Get a life.

Snarky
Reply to  Eva
1 month ago

The downvotes are because it’s a stupid comment in the context of what is being discussed. Chill.

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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