Kate Douglass Breaks US Open Record With 2:07.09 200 IM; #2 American Ever


Day 5 Finals Heat Sheets

Kate Douglass broke the US Open Record previously held by Alex Walsh as Douglass swam a 2:07.09 in the 200 IM to win the event on the final night of US World Trials. Douglass now becomes the second fastest American all-time in the event and the sixth fastest performer in the world ever.

All-Time Top American Women’s 200 IM

  1. Ariana Kukors 2:06.15, 2009
  2. Kate Douglass 2:07.09, 2023
  3. Alex Walsh 2:07.13, 2022
  4. Kathleen Baker 2:08.32, 2018
  5. Regan Smith 2:08.48, 2023

This morning in prelims, Douglass became the third fastest American swim ever as she swam a 2:08.29. She also was faster than her bronze medal winning time from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Douglass’ Split Comparison:

Indy-Finals Indy- Prelims Olympics
Fly 26.96 27.15 27.43
Back 33.48 33.09 33.93
Breast 36.25 37.24 36.87
Free 30.40 30.81 30.81
2:07.09 2:08.29 2:09.04

The biggest difference tonight was her back half. She had a huge breaststroke split and continued that momentum into the final 50 free and touched the wall for the win.

Douglass will swim the event at Worlds. She has about 50 minutes tonight until she swims the 50 free where she swam the third fastest time of this morning’s session.

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2 months ago

She must improve by half a second in back and free.

Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

It’s too bad Douglass couldn’t be as overjoyed as rightful because she felt bad for upending Walsh in her best event.

It was always going to be awkward once Douglass started prioritizing this event again. Walsh is more polished but Kate greater athletic explosiveness.

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
2 months ago

What are you even talking about? You have created this crazy story of tension between them in your head and you talk about it constantly. Pretty sure Alex and Kate, who have been competing with teammates who are also friends their whole lives, can handle this.

3 months ago

everyone was all “she’s done with the 2 IM.”. Yous ate your words. 1 second off the WR.

Paul Thomas
3 months ago

It’s crazy that Kate Douglass is essentially two completely different world-class swimmers in one person (a sprint freestyler and a short-axis IMer). She’s the Shohei Ohtani of swimming. Completely unique.

Reply to  Paul Thomas
2 months ago

Yeah it’s crazy that her main rivals are both Walsh sisters, who themselves are so different.

3 months ago

I guess all those bathtub swimmer comments will cease… GO KATE!!

Reply to  Rswim
2 months ago

Kate Douglass was the bronze medalist in the W 200 IM at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics and the bronze medalist in the W 200 BR at the 2022 World Aquatics Chsmpionships.

Slower Than You
3 months ago

I forget if McKeown is swimming the 200 IM at worlds or not, but if she is, it’s insane to think that someone could swim like a 2:07 mid and not even medal.

Reply to  Slower Than You
2 months ago

KD, Walsh and McKeown could all potentially be capable of a 2:06, and McIntosh has already done it. I think it’s possible that somebody with a 2:06 doesn’t even medal.

Viking Steve
3 months ago

Walsh sisters are awesome, but K8 is something special.

She’ll be the face of Olympic Swimming in 2024… Even though she does not appear to be in it for the money, she needs to hold out for KL and CD type endorsement contracts.

Reply to  Viking Steve
2 months ago


USA Swimming has many female faces:

King, Lilly
Ledecky, Katie
Smith, Regan

3 months ago

great swim by Kate, a 2:07 low with a 33 backstroke leg is crazy

the women’s 200im is gonna be so good at worlds I can’t believe we’ve already had 4 women under 2:08 this year, I hope Summer swims it because it’ll be a great race but with the 400 free and 4×100 idk if she will, anyways I did a little compilation of Kate, Summer, Alex and Kaylee’s long course times in various events so far this year if anyone else was as curious as I was about it:

Kate Douglass in 2023 LCM so far:
50 free – 24.40
100 free – 52.57
100 fly – 56.43
100 breast – 1:07.07
200… Read more »

Reply to  flicker
3 months ago

200 IM Kate is the favorite. 400IM Summer is the favorite

Reply to  Dai
2 months ago

Summer is the favorite for both

Reply to  David
2 months ago

Kate will bring her a race I believe, unless she doesn’t execute.

Reply to  David
2 months ago

You obviously did see the Atlanta meet.

Reply to  Dai
2 months ago

McIntosh will likely drop either the 400 free or the 200IM for worlds but might be swim both at the paris Olympics if the two events don’t conflict.

If she drops the 400 free, then she is the favorate for both the 200IM and the 400IM.

If she drops the 200IM for the 400 free, then it,s wide open. Kaylee McKeown is at a 2:07 low, walsh is also capable of a 2:07 low as she has swum a 2:07 low already and douglas is at a 2:07 low. There really isn’t much that separates those three.

However, I think mcintosh can swim a 2:05 with the 400 free out of the way.

Last edited 2 months ago by carlo
Reply to  carlo
2 months ago

There is no way that SM would drop the 400 Free at the Worlds as it is along with the 400IM her two best events. I think she will swim both the 200 IM and the 400 Free at the worlds. Heavy workload for sure as she potentially could have 5 races the first day if you factor in that she will probably have to swim the 4×1 relay as well. Being that it is the first day of competition she will be somewhat rested which could be a factor in her decision.

I hope all four contenders do race the 200 IM since there is only .30 difference between all of them which sets up the possibility of… Read more »

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