2019 TENNESSEE INVITATIONAL
- November 21st-24th, 2019
- Alan Jones Aquatic Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
- SCY, Prelims/Finals
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- Results on MeetMobile: 2019 UT Invite
Virginia freshman Kate Douglass swam a 1:52.84 in the 200 IM on Thursday at the Tennessee Invitational. That ranks her as the 3rd-fastest freshman in NCAA history in that event, and the 16th-fastest swimmer of any age.
Her swim also broke the Virginia school record which had been a 1:54.05 set by Kaitlyn Jones in 2016. Jones’ swim was also the old ACC Conference Record.
The only swimmers who have been faster in the 200 IM in their first year of college are Stanford’s Ella Eastin, who swam 1:51.65 as a rookie in 2016 (and was NCAA Champion that season), and Cal’s Kathleen Breaker, who swam a 1:52.80 at the Pac-12 Championships that season, where she finished 2nd behind Eastin.
That year at Pac-12s, the top 3 finishers were actually all freshman, with USC’s Kirsten Vose taking 3rd.
What particularly stands out about Douglass’ swim is that coming out of high school, she was only 1:56.29. By comparison, Baker was a 1:54.50 in high school, and Eastin was a 1:53.90, meaning Baker has had a much steeper improvement curve to this point in her career. Douglass came out of high school with big sprint credentials, but has really expanded her versatility midway through her freshman season at UVA.
Eastin and Baker are now 2 of the 3 fastest 200 yard IMers in history.
|Fly Split||Back Split||Breast Split||Free Split||Total Time|
|Baker’s Freshman Best||24.50||27.54||33.22||27.54||1:52.80|
|Eastin’s Freshman Best||24.81||27.38||32.52||26.94||1:51.65|
|Douglass’ Freshman Best||24.02||28.53||33.20||27.09||1:52.84|
Douglas so far is a better breaststroker than either Baker or Eastin, though she’s got some work to do on her backstroke – the one stroke where she hasn’t really had a breakthrough so far in her freshman season.
Georgia Freshman Zoie Hartman was 2nd in the race in 1:53.69, which is also one of the best all-time swims by a freshman in this event.
Top 8 Freshmen in NCAA History, Women’s 200 Yard IM