Kate Douglass’s 1:51.89 200 IM Highlights Tennessee Invite Day 1 Prelims

by Robert Gibbs 31

November 19th, 2020 ACC, College, News, SEC

Tennessee Invite (Double Dual)

  • Thursday, November 19-Saturday, November 21, 2020
  • Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, Knoxville, TN
  • SCY
  • Double Dual format
  • Results on Meet Mobile as “2020 UT Double Dual”
  • Live Results
  • Thursday Finals Live Stream

With only three teams present — Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia — Tennessee is billing this edition of the annual Tennessee Invite as a double dual, but we’ll go ahead and refer to it as the Tennessee Invite for consistency’s sake. While a three-team format may not have quite the same feel as larger traditional invites, we saw plenty of fast times at the invites that started yesterday, and from this morning’s results, we should be in for the same here.

Format note: we’ve been told that only the top 8 can score, and teams can’t put more than 3 swimmers into the final, so keep that in mind as we talk about this morning’s performances.

The meet got started with the women’s 500 free, where Alabama’s Kensey McMahon led the field with a 4:42.04. UVA’s Paige Madden had the 2nd-fastest time of the morning with a 4:43.33, followed by Amanda Nunan of Tennessee with 4:43.97. All told Tennessee  took with four of the top eight spots here, with UVA taking three, and Alabama one.

Arguably the most impressive swim of the morning came from UVA sophomore Kate Douglass. She led a UVA 1-3 sweep of the top three spots with her time of 1:51.89. That’s almost within a half second of her lifetime best, and just over a second away from the fastest time swim ever, Ella Eastin’s 1:50.67. This morning’s swim was the 14th-fastest performance ever, and if Douglass can match or improve on that time tonight, she’ll join Eastin as the only woman to have gone under 1:52 on three occasions, according to USA Swimming’s rankings. Tennessee and UVA evenly split the top eight here, with each school getting four, as Cavaliers Ella Nelson (1:55.35) and Alex Walsh (1:55.37) finished behind Douglass. Tennessee Alexis Yager wasn’t too far behind the Cavs, and her time of 1:56.18 moves to #4 all-time for Tennessee.

The 50 free was smoking fast compared to the invites that started yesterday, as it took a 22.78 to make the top 8. Alabama’s Morgan Scott led with a 22.31, with Tennessee’s Mona McSharry 2nd at 22.38, and her teammate Megan Sichterman 3rd at 22.42. All told, the Volunteers took five of the top eight spots, with Alabama taking two and UVA one.

The Cavalier men kicked off the meet by sweeping the top three seeds in the 500 free, as well five of the top eight. Jack Walker led the way with his 4:20.81, almost nine seconds off of his lifetime best from the 2020 ACC Championships. Fellow UVA sophomores Jack Wright (4:21.24) and Daniel Gyenis (4:23.77) rounded out the top three, with Gyenis swimming a lifetime best by 0.65s.

Another UVA sophomore, Sean Conway, put up the top time of the morning in the 200 IM, with his 1:45.25 shaving 0.35s off of his lifetime best in the event. Tennessee’s Kayky Mota wasn’t too far behind at 1:45.84, followed by UVA’s Sam Schilling at 1:46.01, also a new lifetime best.

In the 50 free, UVA freshman Matt Brownstead came within 0.03s of the Cavaliers’ school record of 19.42. Brownstead’s lifetime best stands at 19.24, so watch for that record to fall tonight. Tennessee’s Scott Scanlon was just behind him at 19.48, followed by Alabama’s Matt King with his 19.54. That’s a big drop for Scanlon, who came into this morning with a lifetime best of 20.21, and moves him to #9 all-time among Tennessee swimmers. That’s also a new personal best for King, shaving nearly three-tenths off of his previous best of 19.83. Alabama took four of the top eight spots, and UVA and Tennessee each took two.

The action continues tonight, with finals of all of this morning’s events, plus timed finals of the 200 free and 400 medley relays.

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VFL
1 month ago

Nice job Tennessee!

Got super pumped to see Jasmine Rumley on the psych sheet and then she scratched this AM :/ anyone know if she’s competing this year?

SEC
1 month ago

Well coached teams by Kredich and staff!

Ervin
1 month ago

Insane 200im group by the UVA ladies

swammermom
Reply to  Ervin
1 month ago

Very much so. Does anyone know why Abby Richter not racing/on UVA roster this year?

Poolboy
Reply to  swammermom
1 month ago

She left the team this fall but is still at UVA. Sad to not see a senior finish out her swim career, but I’m sure her decision wasn’t rash.

swimgeek
Reply to  Poolboy
1 month ago

I imagine it’s hard for seniors to ramp back up after covid shutdowns for only one more season.

concerned fan
Reply to  swimgeek
1 month ago

Seems like UVA upperclassmen that are no longer at the peak in their career are left off the roster and do not finish out their swimming career. Does anyone know more about this?

Ex. Erin Earley, Robby Giller, Oliver Rus, Kaki Christensen.

Mildly concerning. Hope they’re not getting released from their scholarships due to injuries to free up space for all the studs they keep bringing in.

Ervin
Reply to  concerned fan
1 month ago

I was puzzled by Kaki Christensen last year….she made the A final her freshman year then disappeared. They did bring a bunch of breastsrokers in, but its hard to seem them booting an A finalist from the year before.

swum
Reply to  concerned fan
1 month ago

fun fact: they are all from connecticut

DravenOP
Reply to  concerned fan
1 month ago

Giller was a medical retirement. Early raced earlier this year at their intrasquad. I would imagine attrition this year is Covid related. If they did not get a chance to swim this summer for double digit weeks… it would make coming back to swimming very difficult especially with so much uncertainty surrounding the season.

Last edited 1 month ago by DravenOP
swimgeek
Reply to  concerned fan
1 month ago

That’s a big accusation to make, and I don’t think it’s supported by evidence. Giller had a bad back injury and did a medical retirement. Swimmers make individual choices to leave the sport — suggesting they are “pushed out” without evidence is unfair. Richter went *1:55.2 / 4:05* IMs at ACCs earlier this year! Same for Christensen – went 2:08 breast as a freshman before leaving. Even if it were true that the UVA staff was pushing swimmers out, these would not be the ones pushed.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  concerned fan
1 month ago

one thing similar between Augie and Todd – lots of swimmers leave early for various reasons..

NC Fan
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
1 month ago

Ouch. Not a Todd fan but putting his name with Baby Busch is just mean.

swimswamswum
Reply to  swimgeek
1 month ago

I have heard that Todd runs a very tight ship on what is and isn’t allowed, which might not mix with everyone’s expectations for college. Also what you’re okay for signing up for at 16 might not mesh with who you are at 21/22. Can’t say whether this is related to these specific departures and we often ignore very obvious reasons for departures (e.g. Injury, illness, family emergencies), but I could imagine a very rigid system could lose a few people over the years.

swimswamswum
Reply to  swimswamswum
1 month ago

also this is not a value judgement on how Todd is running things – it seems like the program really works for a lot of people, it might just not work for others

Vaswammer
Reply to  swammermom
1 month ago

Likewise with Emma Seiberlich?

swimmingfan
Reply to  Vaswammer
1 month ago

Likewise with Erin Earley?

concerned fan
Reply to  swimmingfan
1 month ago

Is Coach Todd the swim version of Coach Calipari of Kentucky? One & done for many of the top freshmen?

ThomSib
Reply to  swimmingfan
1 month ago

Likewise Marcie McGuire and Anna Pang? That’s 5 women who would have been seniors on this year’s roster. What is going on there?

Monteswim
Reply to  ThomSib
1 month ago

Mix between medical disqualifications, Todd’s high pressure environment, and being kicked off for breaking Todd’s ‘code of conduct’

bigswimming
Reply to  swammermom
1 month ago

Another reason for athletes to take their time in recruitment. So many pressures upon them from coaches to make decisions they may not have all of the facts with.

swimgeek
Reply to  Ervin
1 month ago

And A. Walsh will be a lot faster than 1:55 at some point this season.