Kate Douglass on 100 Fly Victory: “I was pretty shocked”

2023 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Kate Douglass won her second individual NCAA title at this meet in one of the tightest heats in NCAA history. The Virginia senior also lowered her own NCAA, American and U.S. Open records in the process.

Douglass shares how it felt to touch the wall first, having known how tight it would be between her and second place finisher, LSU’s Maggie MacNeil. “Anyone in that heat could have touched first… I was pretty shocked when I looked at the board,” Douglass said.

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Lab counter
14 days ago

Love her modesty and how UVA doesn’t hype themselves but lets their swimming do their talking!

Meathead
14 days ago

This was a 2 person race.

Awsi Dooger
14 days ago

She’s really beaming in that video. Understandably. I’m sure there was a combo of surprise, immense satisfaction and new calm. I’d say it one of the most important races of Douglass’ career. As great as she’s been at NCAAs the past two years there always would have been the jelloheads who would have popped into any all-time NCAA best discussion and tried to downgrade and dismiss the entirety, based on a loss to MacNeil in this ultra high profile race.

Now they have to shut up, until some defeat somewhere in long course. Unless, of course, she gives away one of these medals or trophies. Take away the diploma.

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