Kate Douglass Becomes NCAA Leader in 5 Events after 2:03 in 200 Breast

by Robert Gibbs 34

February 06th, 2021 College, News, Previews & Recaps

Cavalier Invite

  • February 5-7, 2021
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Championships Format
  • SCY
  • Live Results

A little less than two weeks out from the ACC Women’s Championships, we weren’t really expecting to see anything too crazily fast at UVA’s Cavalier Invite, but this morning, Kate Douglass once again demonstrated that she can seemingly go fast at any point in time. The versatile sophomore threw down 2:03.93 in a 200 breast time trial, the 9th-fastest time ever according the SWIMS database. Douglass is now only the fifth woman to have ever gone under 2:04 in the event.

Courtesy of UVA Swimming

All-Time Performers, 200 Breast (SCY)

  1. Lilly King – 2:02.60
  2. Bethany Galat – 2:03.26
  3. Kierra Smith – 2:03.55
  4. Sydney Pickrem – 2:03.65
  5. Kate Douglass – 2:03.93

Officially, Douglass’ previous best time was a 2:05.89 from the 2020 ACCs. Unofficially, Douglas went 2:04.64 in an unsanctioned intrasquad meet this past December. With this time at a sanctioned meet, Douglass now officially becomes the fastest woman in the NCAA by over two seconds this season, surpassing Texas’ Anna Elendt, who went 2:06.04 in December. Douglass also now officially owns the school record, previously a 2:05.68 set by Ella Nelson at last year’s ACC champs. She also breaks the overall ACC record, which Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney set in 2014 with a 2:04.06, at that time the fastest swim ever.

The Cavaliers have an incredibly deep breaststroke group, as Douglass, Alex Walsh (2:06.72), Nelson (2:07.19), and Anna Keating (2:07.26) now own four of the top ten times in the nation this season.

What sets Douglass apart, though, is her incredible versatility. As of the moment, she’s the fastest woman in the NCAA in five different individual events this season:

  • 50 free – 21.42
  • 100 free – 46.86
  • 200 breast – 2:03.93
  • 100 fly – 49.73
  • 200 IM – 1:50.92

We’ll do a full recap of the first days of action tonight, but the Cavaliers had a strong morning overall. Ella Nelson hit 1:46.00 in the 200 free, knocking nearly a full second off of her lifetime best, and Alex Walsh went 1:45.79, less than a second away from her lifetime best. Alexis Wenger went 58.62 in the 100 breast, setting a new season-best time for her, and keeping her at #5 in the nation in the event. In a 200 back time trial, senior Paige Madden clocked a 1:51.85 in the 200 back, her 4th-fastest time ever, and a time that moves her #5 this season.

On the men’s side, freshman sprinter Matt Brownstead shaved 0.07s off of his lifetime best with a 47.55 in the 100 fly, Keefer Barnum nearly matched his season-best time with a 52.71, and George Washington freshman Karol Mylnarczyk put up a 46.97 in the 100 back, the fastest time of the morning by over two seconds.

The Cavalier Invite continues tonight with finals of all of this morning’s individual events, plus timed finals of the 200 medley and 800 free relays.

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5 months ago

With her rate of improvement I’m guessing she will be the star of NCAAs

Reply to  swimfast
5 months ago

I can’t see anybody even being close to her.

Reply to  swimfast
5 months ago

For this years NC’s most likely.

Reply to  swimfast
5 months ago

Yeah, she will no doubt put on a show at NCAAs. At this rate she might flex in Omaha too.

5 months ago

Just insane

5 months ago

This also breaks Reaney’s ACC record from 2014 which was the American record at the time

Honest Observer
5 months ago

Her talent is just astonishing. Even taking into account that with her underwaters she may be a touch better in yards, it’s still hard to believe that she doesn’t have at least a 2:08 200 LCM IM in her.

Reply to  Honest Observer
5 months ago

That’s probably on the way. Her turns are good but not great. She’s a truly great “surface” swimmer. And her strokes are beautiful.

Last edited 5 months ago by swimfast
Reply to  Honest Observer
5 months ago

Scary thing is, you could go a 2:08 and not make it. 200 IM Final in Omaha: Kathleen Baker, Melanie Margalis, Madisyn Cox, Alex Walsh, Ella Eastin, Kate Douglass . . . . .

5 months ago

It’s definitely the world’s strongest field by far, but there’s no way 8 ladies are going faster than 2.08. She would definitely make the final with that.

Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

I think people get wrapped up in “what’s possible” for each swimmer on an individual level, and what actually winds up happening in practice.

In theory, there’s a dozen swimmers with sub-2:08 potential.

In practice, 5-6 of them will stall out and never get there, and of the remainder, between 3-6 won’t hit their best time at the right meet.

That still leaves the Americans with 2-5 2:08 headed into Tokyo, probably, with someone hoping to go 2:07 and win gold.

This math is the real strength of the American system.

5 months ago

Holy cow… another meet? It seems as though this team has been able to have more meets than not only other teams this season but than in non covid seasons. How fortunate for them.

Reply to  Maisie
5 months ago

Many of the meets have been intrasquads. Not including the swimmers who went to the US Open, this is their 6th intercollegiate meet of the season – certainly more than Pac-12 and Big Ten teams are going to get, but for schools that started in the fall, it’s not that unusual.

Lots of schools had intrasquads and refused to publish or share results. If they had, I would bet that this wouldn’t feel as out-of-the-norm.

Texas A&M
5 months ago

Wow. I hope she can translate some of this speed to LCM.

5 months ago

Great Googly Moogly….

5 months ago

1:50 2IM geez. I remember when sub 2:00 for females was something incredibly special….now it’s pedestrian.