CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Freshman Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.) earned her second ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week honor, the league office announced on Tuesday (Nov. 26), for her record setting weekend (Nov. 21-23) at the Tennessee Swimming and Diving Invitational at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in the Knoxville, Tenn.
Douglass led the No. 4 Virginia women’s swim team at the mid-season invitational, setting two ACC records and three additional school records. The freshman set a conference record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:52.84, which ranked second in the NCAA and placed first at the meet. Douglass also helped the women’s 200-yard medley relay team set an ACC record. The Cavaliers swam a time of 1:33.91 to finish first in the event and set the conference standard. Douglass set a set a facility and meet record in both events.
In addition to her two conference record setting swims, Douglass set three individual UVA records at the meet. Despite a disqualification for the Cavaliers in the 200-yard freestyle relay, Douglass recorded a time of 21.53 as the leadoff swimmer to break the prior record set by teammate senior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.) by one hundredth of a second. In the 100-yard butterfly, she swam a time of 50.30, the third-fastest time in the NCAA and second-best time at the meet. In the prelims of the 200-yard breaststroke, Douglass swam a time of 2:06.19 to top a four-year old Cavalier record set by Laura Simon (2:06.65) in 2015. She placed first in the event, swimming a time of 2:06.70 in the finals. Her 200-yard breaststroke time was also a meet record.
The freshman continued to find success at the meet, finishing fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with the third-fastest time in school history at 59.53. She aided the 400-yard freestyle relay team to a second-place finish, recording a 47.85 leadoff swim. Her 100-yard freestyle split placed her second in school history and eighth in the NCAA. Virginia placed second in the event with a time of 3:12.30, recording the fourth-fastest time in school history. The Cavaliers also captured a first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. Douglass swam a butterfly split of 49.98 to help the UVA set a meet and pool record in addition to recording the second fastest time in program history at 3:27.58.
Members of the Virginia men’s and women’s swimming teams will compete at the Toyota U.S. Winter Nationals Dec. 5-7 at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center in Atlanta.