ATLANTA – Junior Kate Douglass and sophomore Alex Walsh combined for six individual event wins to lead the Virginia women’s swimming & diving team to its second consecutive NCAA Championship on Saturday night at the McAuley Aquatic Center.
The Cavaliers won 11 events, taking four of the five relays and seven individual events. UVA set five American records and three UVA records on the way to its second title in program history. Joining Douglass and Walsh with an individual title was freshman Gretchen Walsh.
UVA finished with 551.5 points, the most since Stanford won with 593 points in 2018. Texas was second (406) and Stanford was third (399.5).
Douglass closed out a stellar NCAA meet with her third American record in three individual events. Douglass won the 200-yard breaststroke in a record setting 2:02.19. She swept her three events and set records in all three.
A. Walsh completed her triple with a win in the 200-yard butterfly on Saturday night. She finished with a UVA record time of 1:50.79 to cap off the individual events.
G. Walsh won her first individual NCAA title with a UVA & Pool record time of 49.05 in the 100-yard freestyle.
Douglass, A. Walsh, freshman Reilly Tiltmann and G. Walsh, respectively, capped off the championship with an American/US Open and NCAA record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:06.91.
Junior Maddie Donohoe finished sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle. She finished in 15:55.14 for the third-fastest time in UVA history.
Tiltmann placed fifth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:49.63, the second-fastest time in UVA history.
Junior Ella Nelson finished fourth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.51 and sophomore Anna Keating was eighth in 2:07.10. Her time of 2:06.89 in prelims was a personal-best. Senior Alexis Wenger took 11th in 2:06.53, a personal-best time and the fourth fastest all-time at UVA.
Sophomore Abby Harter placed 11th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:53.38, a personal-best and the fourth fastest in UVA history.
- Freshman Ella Bathurst just missed the finals, finishing 17th in the 200 back with a time of 1:53.32.
- Junior Lexi Cuomo was 27th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.44.
- Freshman Emma Weyant was 20th in 16:08.34 in the 1650 free.
- Sophomore Sophia Wilson was 50th in the 200 breast.
- Freshman Lizzy Kaye was 46th on the platform diving.