Watch: Kate Douglass Moves to #2 All-Time With 2:03.14 200 Breast

by Robert Gibbs 20

February 06th, 2022 College, News, Video

2022 Cavalier Invitational

  • February 4-6, 2022
  • Aquatics and Fitness Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • Championship Format
  • SCY
  • Results on Meet Mobile as “2022 Cavalier Invitational”

The University of Virginia kicked off their annual Cavalier Invite today in Charlottesville. This meet typically serves as a combination of taper meet for swimmers who don’t make their conference team, and a tune-up for those who are, but are looking for some fast times before championships, and today proved to be no exception.

UVA Swimming has posted videos of most of the heats on their YouTube channel, and we’ve include a few of the highlights from the first day of the meets below, including Kate Douglass‘ 2:03.14 200 breast time trial.

200 Breast – Time Trial

UVA’s Kate Douglass torched the Aquatic and Fitness Center pool during a 200 breast time trial after the prelims session of the Cavalier Invite Saturday morning. The junior swam to a 2:03.14 that moves her up to #2 all-time on the 200 yard breast top perfomers list. That’s also the third-fastest swim in history.

Men’s 400 IM – Finals

UVA freshman Matthew Styczen improved his 400 IM lifetime best by nearly five seconds on Saturday, winning  finals with a time of 3:44.96. That time moves him to #3 in the ACC this season, would have easily made the A-final at last year’s ACC championships (it took a 3:46.84), and is less than a second away from what it took to score at last year’s NCAA Championships

Men’s 200 Free Relay

During Friday’s final session, the UVA men ripped a 1:16.71 in the 200 free relay, setting a new UVA-season best time and a pool record, while grabbing a NCAA ‘A’ cut. Matt Brownstead led off in 19.37, followed by Matt King (18.93), Connor Boyle (19.25), and August Lamb (19.16). That time is over a second faster than the Cavaliers’ previous season best of 1:17.67, which they hit at the Tennessee Invite in the fall.

Women’s 100 Breast – Prelims

During Saturday morning’s prelims, Virginia sophomore Alex Walsh clocked a 58.36 in the 100 breast. That’s not far off of her lifetime best of 58.19 from 2017. Last season, Walsh finished 4th at ACCs with a 58.28.

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VASWAMMER
9 months ago

Just such an amazing talent! She is such a joy to watch swim!

Based_checker
Reply to  VASWAMMER
9 months ago

Based

Anonymous
9 months ago

Incredibly inspired by G. Walsh, A. Walsh, K. Douglass and P. Madden, but when you call it the “Cavalier Invitational” at least have the decency to keep the camera on the finish until everyone finishes. You can cut to the scoreboard for the times after they’ve all finished. A team is more than 4 swimmers.

PancakeLover
Reply to  Anonymous
9 months ago

They literally cut to the scoreboard on all these videos after all the UVA swimmers were done swimming. What do you want?

CraigH
9 months ago

She looked long into the wall on at least three of the turns.

On the other hand, I can see why she has traditionally been better at the 200 breast than the 100. She carries her speed extremely well, with a very strong kick and an excellent body line. I don’t think she would gain as much as many sprint breastrokers from a faster turnover. This means she has to really weigh the loss of speed of breaking her streamline to take that sixth stroke into the wall for a faster turn. I bet that as she tapers she will get that extra foot off of each kick and her tuning will be better though.

Beverly Drangus
Reply to  CraigH
9 months ago

100lcm would be fun to see

CraigH
Reply to  Beverly Drangus
9 months ago

True, although she’s got some fantastic pulldowns, which help mitigate that long glide into the turn.

Katie
9 months ago

Wait, what did Walsh go at ACCs? Is that supposed to say 58.28 not 52?

Hswimmer
Reply to  Katie
9 months ago

Duh

Katie
Reply to  Hswimmer
9 months ago

Rude. I was just trying to call attention to the typo so they could fix it. Chill.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Katie
9 months ago

Agree, rudest thing I’ve seen all day omg

Yaboi
9 months ago

That’s got to be the weakest crowd reaction I’ve ever heard to a swim that fast

DMSWIM
Reply to  Yaboi
9 months ago

Yes, people barely noticed!

Ice Golem
Reply to  Yaboi
9 months ago

Not impressive enough for my cheers!

Based_checker
Reply to  Yaboi
9 months ago

If there were more than 10 people there then there would have been a better reaction.

Reilly
9 months ago

Is it just me, or are her turns really slow?
I mean, I have never coached a swimmer anywhere near that speed, so I may not be the most entitled to my opinion, just seems like she takes a long time to get around. Everything else looked great.

Virtus
Reply to  Reilly
9 months ago

Was gonna say this. The trend for elite breast/fly swimmers is keeping the head forward and not swinging it like she does rotating and planting feet looking down/to the side.

PhillyMark
Reply to  Reilly
9 months ago

I think the length of her stroke probably impedes her ability to go quick off the walls to some degree. Little bit of a trade-off I suspect. 4, 5, 5, 5, 5 , 6, 6, 7 is very impressive.

PhillyMark
Reply to  PhillyMark
9 months ago

For comparison, when Lily went 2:02.9 her senior yr she was 5, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9. 43 total strokes vs. 59. Remarkable DPS.

Based_checker
Reply to  PhillyMark
9 months ago

Why are you counting strokes nerd

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