In one of the most stacked NCAA races ever, Virginia senior Kate Douglass crushed the NCAA record with a 48.46 in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday night, edging reigning Olympic champion Maggie MacNeil (48.51) by just .05 seconds. Both reached the wall under Douglass’ previous NCAA, U.S. Open, and American mark of 48.84.
This is your LIVEBARN Race of the Week because the most anticipated race of the week lived up to hype as it featured the two fastest swims of all time in addition to a third sub-49 performance courtesy of defending LCM world champion Torri Huske (48.96).
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Ya this swim was out of this world and all. But there’s something about no one ever going under 1:50 in the 200 IM and going a 1:48.3 while swimming next to the next 2 fastest in history and beating them by body lengths.
The decision may have come down to the distinction between (individual) “performance” of the meet versus (collective) “race” of the meet.
Amazing record, but that 200 IM has to be the most outstanding record of the meet. 1:48.3 is out of this world
The 200 BR was pretty good too. In the 100 fly the reaction difference between Douglas and MacNeil was .06. The winning margin was .05. For all her other races Douglass had slower reaction times and with those starts would have lost the fly. What a great race, can’t wait for them to race again.
100 back is up there too. Beata Nelson went 49.18 in 2019, Regan Smith brought it down to 49.16 in 2021, and if you had told me that in 2 years, it’d be down to a 48.26, I would be calling you a liar