Kate Douglass Goes Another Best at UT Invite: 2:06.19 in 200 Breast

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 33

November 23rd, 2019 News

2019 TENNESSEE INVITATIONAL

  • November 21st-24th, 2019
  • Alan Jones Aquatic Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • SCY, Prelims/Finals
  • Meet Details
  • Psych Sheets
  • Results on MeetMobile: 2019 UT Invite

Continuing her streak of best times and big swims, Virginia freshman Kate Douglass led the women’s 200 breast prelims this morning with a lifetime best 2:06.19.

That’s the best time in the country this season, and Douglass smashes her old best, a 2:07.92 done at a dual meet against Wisconsin in October. She set a new UVA record here, taking down Laura Simon’s 2:06.55 mark from 2015, took almost two full seconds off of the meet record held by Tennessee’s Nikol Popov, and finally, she now ranks fourth all-time in the 17-18 age group, one-hundredth behind Breeja Larson and about a half-second behind the NAG record of 2020 UVA commit Alex Walsh (2:05.87).

Douglass has found another gear with the ‘Hoos. A quick check-in on her improvements so far in her freshman campaign:

Pre-college Now
100 Fly 51.74 (2019) 50.30
100 Breast 1:00.26 (2017) 59.53
200 Breast 2:10.59 (2016) 2:06.19
200 IM 1:56.09 (2018) 1:52.84

Harry Homans, the Georgia freshman, put out a massive effort this morning. He raced two 200s of stroke, and he finished with the fastest prelims time in both. First, in the 200 back, he dropped a 1:42.62 to lead a UGA 1-2 with fellow freshman Ian Grum (1:42.86). He returned in the 200 fly to again hit the top time, going 1:43.40 with teammate Camden Murphy in a tie for second (1:44.17) with UVA’s Ted Schubert.

These are landmark swims for Homans. His pre-college bests were well back; he came to Georgia at 1:44.71 in the 200 back and 1:45.91 in the 200 fly, meaning he took more than two seconds off of both bests this morning.

Tennessee was impressive in the 100 free, leading the way into finals on the men’s and women’s sides. Alec Connolly was 42.76 for the men, with Indiana’s Bruno Blaskovic also under 43 (42.97) as Tennessee got four men into the A-final. The UT women put five women up into the A-final, with Erika Brown dropping a huge 46.85. That’s four-tenths from her lifetime best; she’s one of just 14 women to have ever been under 47 seconds in this event. Brown set the meet record with that swim, erasing UNC alum Caroline Baldwin’s 2017 mark of 47.14.

OTHER NOTABLE SWIMS

  • Jack Dalmolin of Georgia registered the top time in the men’s 200 breast, going 1:56.13. Tennessee Aquatics’ Matthew Dunphy also broke 1:57 (1:56.65).
  • In the women’s 200 back, Paige Madden of UVA cruised to a 1:51.28, as she and teammate Emma Seiberlich (1:53.25) both took down UT alum Micah Bohon’s meet record from 2017.
  • Georgia dominated the women’s 200 fly prelims, with Dakota Luther (1:54.85) and Courtney Harnish (1:55.36) going 1-2. Luther erased the meet record of 1:55.08 held by Tennessee’s Meghan Small.

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Heehaw
1 year ago

Looks like Tennessee is running away with this one

Colin Baker
Reply to  Heehaw
1 year ago

Sure, thats fine. Virginia is hands down the best team at this meet. If they had brought their divers, swum the 800 free relays, not DQ’ed other relays, and rested just a little bit, they’d be running away with it.

Heehaw
Reply to  Colin Baker
1 year ago

That’s a joke. Score the meet without diving. How many Tennessee swimmers aren’t swimming events in finals. Erika Brown scratched two individual events alone

Orangecrush
Reply to  Colin Baker
1 year ago

You might want to check the results. Tennessee is clearly out swimming UVA.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Colin Baker
1 year ago

four ifs in your statement. and do you expect anyone to believe that uva isn’t rested at all?

Oldswimfan
Reply to  Colin Baker
1 year ago

UVA for sure ran away from the 800 Free Relay last night 🙂

PACK ATTACK
Reply to  Heehaw
1 year ago

I sure hope they would considering they FULL TAPERED and shaved. Looking SLOW compared to the PACK.

Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh future training partners. 😎

Colin Baker
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Also – just wait until all of the other freshmen in UVA’s #1 ranked recruiting class this year get going!

Heehaw
Reply to  Colin Baker
1 year ago

At some point Desorbo Effect will have to do something with women too and not just Ryan

Colin Baker
Reply to  Heehaw
1 year ago

Are you kidding? Kate Douglass is flying, and the rest of the National Junior Team at UVA is just waiting for the DeSorbo to kick in – they just need to buy in! It will! And if it doesn’t, more will come next year!

John
Reply to  Colin Baker
11 months ago

Kate Douglass would have been great wherever she went. Claiming that’s all due to coaching is insane.

ACCFan
Reply to  Heehaw
1 year ago

The DeSorbo Effect has kicked in. Its clear in the team’s lack of manners and sportsmanship on deck wherever they go.

BigCarotTop
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

add Gretchen to that group

Look at the world record line
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
1 year ago

Can I have your autograph? We miss your crazy and wrong opinions in the comments here! 😉 kidding

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Look at the world record line
1 year ago

lol

Heehaw
1 year ago

SwimSwam said in their original article they’d keep us updated on scores without diving! Can’t wait to see what happens!

DravenOP
Reply to  Heehaw
1 year ago

Who cares about the score? Its a midseason invitational

LVFL
Reply to  DravenOP
1 year ago

Based off of UVA’s social media it appears that they are from their stories and posts before the meet…

DravenOP
Reply to  LVFL
1 year ago

I see nothing about the score on UVA swimming’s twitter, facebook, or instagram. Can you show me where? All I see is noting good swims and times which is exactly what UT, UGA, and IU are doing on their social media.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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