Kate Douglass Swims #2 Performance All-Time in Women’s 200 IM, 1:50.15 (RACE VIDEO)


University of Virginia senior Kate Douglass broke the ACC Championship Record in prelims of the 200 IM; in finals, she still had a little more to give, breaking the record again, and swimming the #2 performance in the history of the event.

Her 1:50.15 on Wednesday evening won the race by almost four seconds, and left her .07 seconds behind teammate Alex Walsh‘s all-time best swim in the event.

Alex Walsh Kate Douglass Ella Eastin Kate Douglass Beata Kate Douglass
2022 NCAAs 2023 ACC Finals 2018 NCAAs 2023 ACC Prelims 2019 NCAAs
2020 UT Double Dual
#1 Performance #2 Performance #3 Performance #4 Performance #5 Performance #6 Performance
Fly 23.95 23.83 24.59 23.95 23.94 23.37
Back 27.50 27.63 27.45 27.86 27.67 27.61
Breast 31.64 32.13 32.28 32.17 32.33 32.73
Free 26.99 26.56 26.35 26.72 26.85 27.21
Final Time 1:50.08 1:50.15 1:50.67 1:50.70 1:50.79 1:50.92

Douglass’ .65 second drop from prelims came mostly on a more aggressive front half – but even that didn’t cost her at the end of the race, as she was faster on all four laps of the 200 IM.

Douglass’ teammates Walsh and Ella Nelson were the two fastest ACC swimmers this season coming into the meet, but both scratched the event before prelims to focus on other races.

Douglass now ranks among the top two performers all-time in four different yards races. Beside the 200 IM, that includes the 50 free (#1), 100 fly (#2), and 200 breast (#1).

Race Video:

Douglass is racing in lane 4 (lanes are numbered on the starting blocks).

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1 year ago

So …………. will Kate Douglass drop a personal best in the 100 FL tomorrow?

1 year ago

Please swim the 200 IM at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships!

1 year ago

Awesome swim from Kate. Given she was just shy of the American Record/sub-1:50, I wonder if she will opt to swim the 200 IM instead of the 50 FR at NCAAs?

Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

She’s missing both records by a grand total of 0.08. gotta be hard to choose which to go after!

Reply to  Swammer
1 year ago

Come on!

Douglass versus Walsh, the rematch!

Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 year ago

which Walsh tho? lol

I think I’d rather see Douglass v Walsh in the 50 free since we’ll see the 200 im matchup in long course still.

From a points standpoint, the 50 free probably makes more sense too cuz A.Walsh is pretty much guaranteed a win in the 200 IM while G.Walsh could lose to MacNeil

Last edited 1 year ago by jeff
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1 year ago
1 year ago

I like that you’ve pointed out for us what lane Douglass is in, as if you can’t tell almost immediately. 😄

1 year ago

When you’re hot, you’re hot.

2022-2023 NCAA Season
Personal Best Times
100 BK
100 BR
200 BR
200 IM

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Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 year ago

Womens 100 back or Mens 100 back? Please specify

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