Kate Douglass Sets 200 Breast ACC Record with a 2:03.58, Moves to #4 All-Time

by Robert Gibbs 22

November 20th, 2021 College, News, Previews & Recaps


UVA junior Kate Douglass reclaimed the ACC record in the 200 breast tonight, throwing down a 2:03.58 at the Tennessee Invite to once again move to the top of the conference record book.

Douglass had previously owned the ACC record with a 2:03.93, but NC State’s Sophie Hansson clipped that mark with a 2:03.86 en route to winning the 2021 NCAA title. Despite her prowess, Douglass actually didn’t swim that event at NCAAs, opting for the 100 free, where she finished 2nd behind Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil.

With her time tonight, Douglass leapfrogs over Hansson and becomes the 4th-fastest woman ever in the event. Her swim is also the 6th-fastest performance ever in the event.


  1. Lilly King – 2:02.60
  2. Bethany Galat – 2:03.26
  3. Kierra Smith – 2:03.55
  4. Kate Douglass – 2:03.58
  5. Sydney Pickrem – 2:03.65
  6. Sophie Hansson – 2:03.86


  1. Lilly King – 2:02.60
  2. Lilly King – 2:02.90
  3. Lilly King – 2:03.18
  4. Bethany Galat – 2:03.26
  5. Kierra Smith – 2:03.55
  6. Kate Douglass – 2:03.58

It will be interesting to see whether or not UVA opts to have Douglass swim this event at NCAAs this year. She could very well win the NCAA title (although Hansson could have something to say about that), although Virginia has several other women who can make the A-final of the 200 breast.

Douglass was their only scorer in the 100 free last season, but freshman Gretchen Walsh, who missed the Tennessee Invite, had the fastest time in the country heading into this week, and should easily be a 100 free A-finalist come March.

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17 days ago

Please swim this at NCAAs this year!
.1 off the record in the 50
.3 off the record in the 200 IM
now less than 1sec off of a Lily King BR record

Reply to  Wow
17 days ago

so fast, good call

The Original Tim
17 days ago

50 free and 200 breast really don’t make a pairing very often, let alone with her other events.

Reply to  The Original Tim
17 days ago

Her and Walsh’s versatility is incredible but I guess that’s why they are both Olympic medalists in the 200 im 🤷‍♂️

17 days ago

Don’t Sharpie that record just yet. 🐺

Reply to  Breezeway
16 days ago

You should focus your energy on informing the NCAA that their website has Texas listed as the runner-up for the women’s 2021 NCAA swimming championships. I believe it was your team that got second to the Hoos, not Texas.

17 days ago

Kate is a killler. Just keeps getting fasterrrr

17 days ago

Was this posted anywhere?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Virtus
17 days ago

I believe it was posted on SwimSwam.

Ledecky will go 3:55 in Paris
Reply to  Virtus
17 days ago

UVA has all race vids on thier channel

17 days ago

I think you forgot King went 2:02.90 at the NCAAs (or maybe it’s a typo?)

17 days ago

Anyone know any other swimmers with an elite free or fly sprint and 200 breast? As well as what their 100 breast time is? I know her 58.6 was a PB but based off her 200 breast and sprint times I feel like she should be able to go a lot faster in the 100 breast.

Not that she even needs that as an event considering she has like 5 other events that could feasibly place 1st at NCAAs, I’m just curious.

Last edited 17 days ago by jeff
Reply to  jeff
17 days ago

Michael Andrew in all strokes and swam last year a 2:11 in the 200 breast LCM.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Swimfan
16 days ago

The profanity filter should zap any reference to Michael Andrew in a thread discussing a college meet

Reply to  jeff
16 days ago

Alex Walsh I guess

Say's Phoebe
Reply to  jeff
16 days ago

Tracy Caulkins. American record 200 meter breaststroke and American record in the 100 yard free (along with 61 other American records).

Lucky 8s
17 days ago

Can you imagine if Michael Andrew had this kind of kate Douglass range (farther along in the stroke distances)? Makes me think he should have swam less races in the Olympics to medal.

Reply to  Lucky 8s
16 days ago

Can’t argue with his results, which include the Olympic Gold and WR, just wish I had access to the parallel universe SwymmySwammy website that tracks the NCAA progress of Andrew Michaelson. That guy is probably doing great too

Reply to  Lucky 8s
16 days ago

Ah SwimSwam comments, never change. Absolutely came here expecting a MA shout out after the discussion turned to Kate’s non-free distance/sprint free versatility!