Virginia Sophomore Kate Douglass Swims Fastest-Ever Time in 100 Yard IM

University of Virginia 2020 Season-Opening Intrasquad

Virginia sophomore Kate Douglass is now the fastest female swimmer ever in the 100 yard IM.

Her time of 52.48 on Saturday makes her the first known woman to ever go under 53 seconds in the event. The previous best time was done by US Olympian and Olympic medalist Katie Meili at the 2014 OKC Pro-Am Classic, where she swam 53.02.

Douglas’ previous best time was a 53.40 swum at Virginia’s dual meet with Auburn last season.

While not a common race in the U.S. the event is an official NCAA race, though not an NCAA Championship event yet. World Championships are awarded in the 100 IM in short course meters as well.

The highest-profile championship meet that usually offers a 100 yard IM is the NCSA Junior National Championships.

Neither the NCAA nor USA Swimming has published an official record in that race.

Fastest Times in the USA Swimming Database:

  1. Katie Meili – 53.02
  2. Karlee Bispo – 53.82
  3. Alia Atkinson – 54.01
  4. Torri Huske – 54.20
  5. Phoebe Bacon – 54.34
  6. Isabelle Stadden – 54.43
  7. Madison Myers – 54.50
  8. Whitney Myers – 54.53
  9. Rachel Bootsma – 54.62
  10. Tatum Wade – 54.75

Though the race is a bit of a novelty at the senior level, Douglass has more serious credentials to back up her claim – last season, as just a freshman, she led the NCAA in the 200 IM with a 1:51.36. That was almost a 5 second improvement over the 1:56.09 best time that she came to Charlottesville with.

The fastest verifiable time done in the 100 yard IM in men’s swimming history is a 47.06 done by Matt Grevers in a race against Michael Phelps and David Nolan in 2016. The fastest time in the USA Swimming database is a 47.34 done by Michael Andrew at the 2018 ISCA Junior Championships in Virginia.

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Markster
1 month ago

Anyone know the fastest for guys? Imagine if Dressel or Morozov swam that event seriously

Last edited 1 month ago by Markster
Jax
Reply to  Markster
1 month ago

I believe grevers 47.02

sven
Reply to  Markster
1 month ago

considering how fast Morozov went in SCM (50.2 iirc), I’d say he could be in the 45low range if he swam the event tapered in yards. Dressel would probably be right there with him.

PVSFree
Reply to  sven
29 days ago

I remember when Morozov did that, he just went on a tear, breaking the WR like 3 times in 3 weeks in 3 different World Cup stops across 3 different countries. Crazy

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  sven
29 days ago

agree. they would certainly be 45.

swimgeek
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
29 days ago

Lochte Masters Nats in 2017: 47.7 IM in his 30s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8i9L5aripk

swimfan210_
Reply to  sven
28 days ago

Petition for the 100 IM to be included in the time converter even though time converters suck (scy and scm only)

Ferb
Reply to  Markster
29 days ago

Anthony Grimm went a 47-something at NCSA’s last year, but was DQ’d for kicking out past the 15-meter mark. Still a pretty impressive swim for a 16-year old.

FlyNDie
Reply to  Ferb
29 days ago

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that was in his 100 fly. I don’t think he swam the 100 IM at NCSA’s

swimgeek
Reply to  FlyNDie
29 days ago

That might be right. But :47 is plausible for him. He went :53 in SCM in summer league with no blocks; in a pool about 3.5 ft deep; and he hit the lane line so hard during backstroke that he came to a dead stop.

25Backstroke
Reply to  FlyNDie
29 days ago

No, he did swim it as shown in the heat videos, he just also got DQed

Ferb
Reply to  FlyNDie
29 days ago

He actually DQ’d both races.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
1 month ago

There was a Texas meet that had a bunch of videos on a different swimming site a lonnnnng time ago where at the end of the meet they ran 8 guys up who all went sub 50 in the 100 IM. I forget who the winner was but he was down in the range of the Michael Andrew time. He also pretty much cheated on the backstroke underwater.

Foreign Embassy
29 days ago

If the ncaa were to add this to the championship meet, where would you put it? I smell a SwimSwam poll!

I vote to put it on the 3rd day 😎

Foreign Embassy
Reply to  Braden Keith
29 days ago

Doh! I meant the fourth day. I keep forgetting they added the relay day first. But also agree they should just make it a full 4 day meet.

SwimFani
Reply to  Braden Keith
28 days ago

Combine the Men’s and Women’s swimming NCAA meet into a full 5.5 day format, add the 100 IM and 800 Medley Relay. Reduce max team size to Title IX approved gender mix (14 women/11 men). Contest the diving portion on the pervious Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon and the swim portion Mon short day of 2 Relays only and full days Tues – Saturday. Perhaps we get a more exciting competition and packed stadium. (IUPUI)

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