University Of Virginia Women Win Their Third-Straight NCAA Swimming & Diving Title


The Virginia women’s swimming and diving team has just captured their third consecutive NCAA Championship, doing so in dominant fashion. They scored a total of 541.5 points, beating out second-place finishers Texas by a whopping 127 points.

200 of Virginia’s points came from relays, as the Cavaliers won five out of five contested relays. They are the first team to complete this feat since the Stanford women did so back in 2018. Another 218 points came from Virginia’s “big four” of Kate Douglass, Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, and Ella Nelson. Douglass led the way with 60 points, which came from winning three titles and breaking three individual NCAA records in what was one of the greatest single-meet performances in NCAA history. G. Walsh scored 57 points and won two titles in addition to a second-place finish, and she also broke the NCAA record in the 100 back. A. Walsh had a first, second, and third place finish, while Nelson finished second, third and fifth in her races.

Virginia won 11 out of the 18 contested events at the NCAA Championships, breaking NCAA records in 7 of them (200 IM, 100 fly, 200 breast, 100 back, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay). But their win wasn’t only because of their stars, as 12 out of their 17 NCAA qualifiers scored points. In total, they amassed a total of 19 ‘A’ final and 8 ‘B’ final swims, and scored in every single swimming event.

This NCAA title also head coach Todd DeSorbo’s third title in the five seasons that he’s been at Virginia. There are now only five schools who have had more NCAA team titles than the Cavaliers.

List Of Schools by Women’s NCAA Team Titles:

  1. Stanford — 11
  2. Georgia/Texas — 7
  3. Auburn — 5
  4. Cal — 4
  5. Virginia — 3
  6. Florida — 2
  7. Arizona — 1
  8. USC — 1

Virginia’s Full NCAA Roster

Swimmer Year Points Event Place Time Event Place Time Event Place Time
Kate Douglass Senior 60 200 IM 1 1:48.37 100 Fly 1 48.46 200 Breast 1 2:01.29
Gretchen Walsh Sophomore 57 50 Free 2 20.85 100 Back 1 48.25 100 Free 1 45.61
Alex Walsh Junior 53 200 IM 3 1:50.07 400 IM 1 3:57.24 200 Fly 2 1:50.23
Ella Nelson Senior 48 200 IM 5 1:54.06 400 IM 2 3:59.54 200 Breast 3 2:04.33
Maxine Parker Junior 23.5 50 Free 14 22.01 200 Free 5 1:43.48 100 Free 10 47.72
Aimee Canny Freshman 19 200 IM 19 1:56.10 200 Free 3 1:42.50 100 Free 14 48.1
Reilly Tiltmann Sophomore 18 200 Free 21 1:44.89 100 Back 12 51.46 200 Back 6 1:50.84
Lexi Cuomo Senior 15 50 Free 8 21.71 100 Fly 14 51.28 100 Free 16 48.31
Abby Harter Junior 12 200 IM 17 1:55.57 100 Fly 18 51.71 200 Fly 7 1:53.56
Anna Keating Junior 12 100 Breast 20 59.41 200 Breast 7 2:06.73
Emma Weber Freshman 11 100 Breast 8 58,95 200 Breast 40 2:11.76
Maddie Donohoe Senior 7 500 Free 10 4:39.46 1650 Free 11 15:56.83
Sam Baron Junior 0 200 IM 49 1:58.77 100 Fly DQ N/A 200 IM 45 1:58.19
Ella Bathurst Sophomore 0 200 IM 32 1:57.42 100 Back 43 53.12 200 Back 42 1:55.22
Jennifer Bell Senior 0 1-Meter Diving 29 247.25 3-Meter Diving 26 279.9
Elizabeth Kaye Junior 0 1-Meter Diving 17 266.95 3-Meter Diving 17 302.8 Platform Diving 46 196
Sophia Knapp Freshman 0 500 Free 53 4:45.87 200 Free 53 1:47.44 1650 Free 37 16:27.55
Carly Novelline Freshman 0 100 Fly 27 52.15 100 Back 21 52.01 200 Back 35 1:54.34
Jaycee Yegher Fifth Year 0 100 Breast 25 59.67 200 Breast 22 2:09.10


Relay Swimmers Place Time
200 Medley Relay Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Lexi Cuomo, Kate Douglass 1 1:31.51
800 Free Relay Aimee Canny, Alex Walsh, Reilly Tiltmann, Ella Nelson 1 6:49.82
200 Free Relay Kate Douglass, Gretchen Walsh, Lexi Cuomo, Maxine Parker 1 1:24.51
400 Medley Relay Gretchen Walsh, Alex Walsh, Kate Douglass, Aimee Canny 1 3:22.39
400 Free Relay Kate Douglass, Alex Walsh, Maxine Parker, Gretchen Walsh 1 3:05.84

In total, there were nine different individual NCAA champions coming from six different teams (Virginia, UNC, LSU, Stanford, Texas, Alabama). Douglass was the only swimmer who went three-for-three in NCAA titles, while G. Walsh, Kensey McMahon, diver Aranza Vazquez both had two titles apiece. Six different swimmers also managed to score 50 or more individual points.

All 2023 NCAA Women’s Champions

Times in bold denote NCAA records.

Top Individual Scorers (Swimming Only)

  1. Kate Douglass, Virginia — 60
  2. Gretchen Walsh, Virginia — 57
  3. Alex Walsh, Virginia/Maggie MacNeil, LSU — 53
  4. Claire Curzan, Stanford — 51
  5. Torri Huske, Stanford — 50

Behind Virginia, Texas came in second, Stanford came in third, and Louisville came in fourth. Louisville scored 288 points in total, which is the most in school history.

Final Team Score

  1. Virginia — 541.5
  2. Texas — 414.5
  3. Stanford — 333
  4. Louisville — 288
  5. NC State — 263
  6. Ohio State — 223
  7. Indiana — 219
  8. Tennessee — 214
  9. Florida — 179
  10. UNC — 152
  11. Cal — 137
  12. USC — 125
  13. LSU — 112
  14. Alabama — 111
  15. Wisconsin — 100
  16. Georgia — 90.5
  17. Minnesota — 53
  18. Arizona — 52
  19. Kentucky — 49
  20. Virginia Tech — 46
  21. Duke — 42
  22. Miami (FL) — 36
  23. Michigan — 33
  24. Purdue — 32
  25. Texas A&M — 26
  26. South Carolina — 25
  27. ASU — 19
  28. Northwestern/Arkansas — 18
  29. Auburn — 14
  30. Hawaii — 11.5
  31. Florida State — 11
  32. Miami (OH) — 9
  33. UCLA — 8
  34. Penn — 7
  35. Akron/Nevada — 5
  36. FIU — 4
  37. Georgia Tech/Utah —2

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13 hours ago

UGA really needs help. Not sure that the two separate coaches system will work.Every sport other than football is struggling badly there.

Derigan Silver
1 day ago

I think you left Emma Weber off the list of Virginia’s scoring swimmers.

1 day ago

Next year race will be a closer one but Virginia has a solid chance to make 4 in a row. Did Nelson announced whether she is coming back for 5th year? The incoming class is solid, Gormsen, Moesch, Hayes have potential of scoring points as freshman, if Novelline will improve on her high school times Virginia will be hard to beat next year.

Reply to  Tomek
1 day ago

Aren’t Cuomo and Donohoe also seniors this year? Hayes is the class of 2024, not 2023. Howley is 2023.

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Lab Counter
Reply to  Tomek
1 day ago

UVA discourages 5th years….that is from University! Even in normal years, they don’t give scholarship for an extra semester or two!

The Mudtoad
Reply to  Lab Counter
20 hours ago

Unless your name is Kihei Clark.

Reply to  Tomek
1 day ago

Moesch, &!Hayes are class of 24. Another year to wait.

Reply to  Tomek
23 hours ago

Gormsen, Howley, Schalow, Mullins arrive at UVA later this year. Gormsen and Howley have the greatest potential to final/score. Wouldn’t surprise me if UVA gets a couple transfers too, just like they did last year with Maxine Parker and Sam Baron. A sprinter or two is probably most needed since they lost two legs of their sprint relay (Cuomo and Douglass) and their incoming class is mostly distance/mid-distance and stroke specialty (butterfly). The Northwestern sprint freestyler who entered the portal recently is the first possible prospect that comes to mind. I would think most sprinters who may have plateaued or are eager to see an improvement in their times would be jumping at the chance to train with a proven… Read more »

Joel Lin
1 day ago

Notable presences during the UVa pool plunge celebration after the team awards ceremony: UVa President Jim Ryun & UVa, Athletics Director Carla Williams & UVa Foundation head Dirk Katstra.

They all showed up, just as they did last year, to support a women’s non-revenue sport.

Last edited 1 day ago by Joel Lin
Lab Counter
1 day ago

Of course, one has to be impressed with UVA 3 superstars, but I was as impressed with the rest of the team who stepped up all week! To me, almost every swimmer keeps improving each year and that is so tough to do….hats off to Todd and staff! Definitely a team championship well earned and well deserved!!

1 day ago

Once again you left out Kensey MCMahon. Like Arianza, Kensey also won two National championships 500 and the 1650. Amazing accomplishment not mentioned

1 day ago

Just curious not complaining about it but why does the 4th place team get awarded at big events but only top 3 individuals at meets such as conference?

Also with Lydia’s comments about not peaking in high school I couldn’t help but think of how similar her story could be to Amanda Beards. I’m hoping for a great story to continued to be written for both Amanda & Lydia 🙂

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Reply to  Swammer
1 day ago

Top 4 get trophies. All else get handshakes! They treat it like Final Four and replicate it similarly

1 day ago

Arizona has an NCAA women’s chanpionship…… and they scored zero swimming points this weekend….

Reply to  Yup
1 day ago

Fire Busch lite

Reply to  Yup
1 day ago

That was 15 years ago.

Look at Cal now. They are a program on the downside and they are out of the top 10.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Yup
1 day ago

Well, Arizona competes against ASU getting California swimmers. There are some Arizona swimmers but it seems that the recent cycle there are less than in the past even though thousands of Californians have come to Maricopa and some to Pima where U of A is at. in recent years and not just senior citizens but folks with families.

Lab Counter
Reply to  cynthia curran
1 day ago

Not like all the Arizona HS girls are going to ASU. Their women aren’t much better!

Old NC(AP) Swim Dad
Reply to  cynthia curran
1 day ago

And the highest rated AZ woman in the 2023 class is going to… NC State

Reply to  cynthia curran
1 day ago

There are enough good girls all around the country, Arizona is just obviously having a hard time attracting or developing them

Joel Lin
Reply to  Observing
1 day ago

As Rowdy mentioned in regards to Texas A&M being down this year, “it’s a cyclical business”…even Cal had a relatively down year this year. UCLA is still in build mode, USC is down relative to what they aspire toward.

The concern for Zona is quite different than for Cal now. That as given, absent a staffing shakeup not sure how Zone attracts the recruits over other PAC12 rivals poised for a climb. Just my guess.

Reply to  Yup
1 day ago

Sad. For a chance combined program, the difference between men’s and women’s shouldn’t be as one sided as it is. Same training, same coaches. ASU is another example. Few points on women’s side but yet people predicting men to score big. Yes, there will always be up and down years with recruiting and graduations. However, the differences by between the 2 teams at U of A cannot be ignored.

Lab Counter
Reply to  Azswummer
1 day ago

In fact, ASU has gotten worse and worse. Not even sure if Bowman went to Knoxville!? If someone is getting paid to coach both, then they should be accountable to both programs!

FL Retired Fan
Reply to  Yup
1 day ago

Busch Lite leaves Virginia Todd takes over. Busch Lite takes over at AZ and women don’t score a single point for swimming. Something is wrong.

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming through scoring countless dual meets, being a timer, and keeping track of her teammates' best times for three years as a team manager. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in …

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