Kate Douglass Swims 2:24.02 200 Breast, 54.58 100 Free at UVA LCM Time Trials


  • April 7 to 9, 2022
  • University of Virginia
  • Long Course Meters (50 m)
  • Day 1 PDF Results

The University of Virginia is currently in the process of hosting a three-day, long course meters suited time trials meet for the purpose of preparing its swimmers for the upcoming U.S. International Team trials. In addition, this meet can also give us a sense of what some of the Virginia swimmers will potentially swim at trials later this month.

Among the day one highlights of this meet were the swims of UVA junior Kate Douglass. Douglass, who is coming off of a phenomenal NCAA meet that resulted in three individual short course yards American records, will have her long course skills be put to the test at trials and World Championships. Today gave us a preview of what she could potentially have in store for this summer.

Douglass clocked a 2:24.02 200 breast, going out in a 1:10.19 and closing with a strong 1:13.83 back half. The time is a four-second drop from her previous best time of 2:28.00, and was faster than the 2:26.02 she swam at a suited LCM time trial in January. Unofficially, it would also have her ranked fifth in the world this year.

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Although she is the NCAA, US Open, and American record holder in the short course yards version of the event, Douglass will have to be a few seconds faster to have a shot at making the worlds team, especially when she has to compete with long course breaststroke phenoms like Annie Lazor and Lily King.

However, we have not seen Douglass compete in the 200 breast tapered since she was in high school, so it is likely that she will have more in store if she ends up swimming the event at trials.

In addition, Douglass also competed in the 100 free, where she swam a 54.58. This time is just a few tenths off her best time of 54.17 from Olympic trials last year, in which she just missed being selected for the 4×100 free relay with a seventh place finish.

Gretchen Walsh, the NCAA champion in the 100 free, came behind Douglass with a 56.00. Walsh broke out in long course in 2019 when she became a World Junior Champion in the event and clocked a personal best time of 53.74. However, at Olympic trials last year, she was off her best time and swam a 55.91, failing to make the Olympic team. Trials this year gives Walsh a chance at redemption, and after a strong freshman year in short course yards, she has the best chance of making her senior international debut in Budapest through the 100 free.

In the 200 free, Olympians Alex Walsh and Emma Weyant finished 1-2. Walsh went a 2:00.64, just over a tenth faster than her best time of 2:00.79 and faster than the 2:00.8 she swam at UVA’s January time trial. Although she has not swam this event at a taper meet since 2018, Walsh has had considerable success in the event in yards. She won the ACC title in the 200 free with a time of 1:42.28, and has split 1:41 twice on Virginia’s 800 free relays. If she can drop a few seconds in long course, she could potentially vye for a spot on USA’s 4×200 free relay.

Weyant swam a time of 2:02.47, and her best time remains at a 1:58.36 from U.S. Nationals in 2019. Weyant was also a part of UVA’s 800 free relay, which took second place at NCAAs.

Other Results:

  • Polish swimmer Jan Karolczak was the sole male who raced today, clocking a time of 51.93 in the 100 free.
  • Abby Harter, an NCAA B-finalist in the event, swam a 2:15.70 in the 200 fly.
  • Maddie Donohoe went a 8:54.98 in the 800 free, after coming off a strong 1650 free performance at NCAAs in which she dipped under 16 seconds for the first time to finish sixth.
  • Anna Keating and Ella Nelson swam times of 2:30.71 and 2:33.74 respectively in the 200 breast. Nelson is an Olympic trials finalist in the event, and has a best time of 2:24.80, while Keating is an NCAA-A finalist in the event.
  • Reilly Tiltmann, a swimmer on Virginia’s American Record breaking 400 free relay at NCAAs, went a 57.24 in the 100 free. Her best time sits at a 56.26 from 2019.

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Pacific Whirl
7 months ago

Douglass and King.

7 months ago

So I misred the Reilly Tiltmann part and starting freaking out. I read 52.74 instead of 57.24.

Branch out a little
7 months ago

What would swimswam be without a daily UVA article? Next up, what the Hoos ate for breakfast yesterday

Reply to  Branch out a little
7 months ago

How dare they cover Olympic medalists, US National Team members, and NCAA champions!!!!!

Reply to  Branch out a little
7 months ago

How many times must Branden respond to inane comments like these with why we get to see more UVA items vs whatever random team you want to see?

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
7 months ago

…don’t feed the trolls. ; )

7 months ago

Are there training sessions as well on the days of these trials?

Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

Cadwallader 20.84 NO FINS! is a beast.

new york’s battle leader
7 months ago

why did y’all do the queen dirty with that photo c’mon swimswam

Pacific Whirl
7 months ago

She’s ready to make the team in 200 br.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pacific Whirl
7 months ago

Based on how comparatively slow the rest of the women were, you might be right.

Who cares
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

Can always rely on Ol’ Longhorn’s positive comments. Can you break 3:30 in the event?

Young Aggie
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

“Comparatively slow”? What does that mean? You’ve got the silver and bronze medalists coming back (currently ranked 1 and 4 in the world), and they haven’t tapered yet. Have no idea what you’re expecting from those two at this point in the year.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Young Aggie
7 months ago

G Walsh best time 53.7. Goes 56.0. A 1:41 relay swimmer goes 2:00. Those are comparatively slow compared to what they’re capable of. My point, for the dimwitted in the group, is that it’s obvious the team is not rested, so KD’s time bodes well for a big drop into contention to win at trials.

proof me wrong tho
7 months ago

don’t think she can beat lil king and lazor in 200breast or curzan-huske in 100fly, maybe focus on 200im and 100fr relay spot?

Reply to  proof me wrong tho
7 months ago

She beat Huske three weeks ago

Reply to  Hmm
7 months ago

Huske is better at long course than she is at yards.

The Original Tim
Reply to  proof me wrong tho
7 months ago

Presuming King and Lazor are in the same phase of their training cycles that Douglass is, it’s not too much of a stretch.

King was a 2:23.69 at San Antonio, so Douglass is in the ballpark based on current times. Of course, we don’t know what Douglass’ potential is in long course while we know what King’s is, but on paper they look pretty comparable right now.

I’d give Douglass an even chance at making the team in the 200 breast, though I do think the 200 IM is a better shot.

Reply to  The Original Tim
7 months ago

I would say that she and Walsh are heavy favorites to make the team in the 200 IM and favorites for the podium in Budapest as well… Harder to guess in the other events, but seems like an excellent shot for the 4×100 relay, at minimum, and competitive for the individual events.

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