CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s Kate Douglass, Gretchen Walsh and head coach Todd DeSorbo received 2022 ACC Swimming & Diving Awards, the league office announced on Friday (April 8).
Douglass was named ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, Walsh named ACC Women’s Freshman of the Year and DeSorbo received his second straight ACC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year.
Douglass, the CSCAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year, earned seven All-America honors, three individual NCAA titles, four relay NCAA titles and was part of seven American records set by the Cavaliers in the 2022 season. She finished first in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke to lead UVA to its second-straight NCAA Championship. Douglass also won three ACC individual titles, winning the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, to help UVA to its third consecutive ACC Championship.
Walsh burst onto the scene in her freshman season, winning an individual NCAA Championship in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and swimming on four NCAA Championship relays. Walsh helped set American records as part of UVA’s relays and set a UVA record in the 100 back and 100 free during the 2022 season.
The CSCAA Women’s Team Coach of the Year for the second straight season, DeSorbo led the Virginia women to their second straight NCAA Championship. He also was named the College Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee on Wednesday. Virginia won seven national titles in individual and four relay events at the NCAA Championships, the most ever by an ACC team. The Cavaliers won their fourth women’s ACC Championship in five years, and league-record 18th overall.