Kate Douglass Explains Why She is Choosing to Attend the Doha 2024 World Championships

2023 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • November 29-December 2, 2023
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Start Times
    • Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
    • Finals: 6 PM (ET)
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While many USA athletes opted out of the 2024 World Champs in Doha, Virginia teammates Kate Douglass and Claire Curzan both said yes to the February racing opportunity. While Douglass and Curzan will be half way around the world, many of their college training mates will be preparing for the ACC Conference championships, so it makes sense that the non-college athletes would want to pursue a bigger racing opportunity as well.

For Douglass, this means competing in prelims, semi-finals, and finals of 50/100 free, 200 IM, 200 Breast, and 50 fly. Douglass wasn’t positive on the topic of relays but didn’t seem optimistic that the USA women would be fielding them. If the USA, who only have a total of 5 women on the team, were to swim women’s relays, that would probably mean many more swims for Douglass’ already heavy event schedule.

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Jonathan
2 months ago

Given similarly depleted rosters from other countries, I don’t see why a lineup of Curzan, Douglass, Grimes, and Weinstein (in some order) couldn’t vie for a medal in the 4 x 200 free relay. Although they’d likely have to use the same lineup in prelims just to make the final… so in reality they probably won’t compete in the event.

Jonathan
2 months ago

Ouch. How many women’s relays can Team USA participate in in Doha if Douglass doesn’t participate?

Tomek
2 months ago

No explanation is needed, she is a professional athlete and this is arguably the biggest swimming event of the year.

Admin
Reply to  Tomek
2 months ago

Yeah? 2024 Worlds is arguably the biggest swimming event of 2024?

I would love to hear that argument.

KeithM
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Well if he happened to be in China technically it will still be 2023 when the meet kicks off. That doesn’t put it ahead of Fukuoka though.

Sub13
Reply to  KeithM
2 months ago

That’s actually not true. Chinese New Year is on 10 February next year and swimming starts on the 11th.

I mean modern day China uses the Gregorian calendar anyway

Tomek
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

I had a brain freeze…

Summer Love
Reply to  Tomek
2 months ago

this is arguably the biggest swimming event of the year.

It’s not even arguable.

It’s NOT the biggest swimming event of 2024.

This Guy
2 months ago

Isn’t she retiring after the Olympics this year? Why not get a cool trip and get some racing in!

Summer Love
Reply to  This Guy
2 months ago

She was joking. She already clarified

I miss the ISL
Reply to  Summer Love
2 months ago

I figured she was joking, but where did she clarify?

Anonymous
2 months ago

Who will be coaching?

Highalt
2 months ago

I think the women should hit up a quick 400 MR for fun. Relays make everything better.

Taa
2 months ago

Was there an article detailing the USA team?

Taa
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Thanks it looks like it posted when i was traveling for turkey day

bubo
2 months ago

It’s free real estate

swimmer
Reply to  bubo
2 months ago

What does this even mean lol

Hillbilly
Reply to  swimmer
2 months ago

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