KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Kate Douglass became the first woman to ever swim the 200-yard IM under 1:50, winning the event with a time of 1:48.37 to lead the Cavaliers on night two of the 2023 NCAA Championships.
Douglass’ finish was nearly two seconds ahead of second place. Her time set an American, NCAA & US Open record, marking her fourth consecutive individual event at NCAAs she has set an American record in.
Virginia capped off the night with its third relay title of the championship. The relay team of Douglass, sophomore Gretchen Walsh, senior Lexi Cuomo and junior Maxine Parker won the 200-freestyle relay with a meet record time of 1:24.51.
UVA leads the standings with 208.5 points, ahead of second place Texas (162). Louisville is third (117), Stanford fourth (106) and Ohio State fifth (93).
- Douglass led a trio of top four finishes for the Cavaliers in the 200 IM. Junior Alex Walsh finished second with a personal-best time of 1:50.07 and senior Ella Nelson was fourth in a personal-best time of 1:53.13.
- G. Walsh picked up a silver in the 50-yard freestyle with her second-place finish in a time of 20.85.
- Cuomo earned her best finish in the 50 free at NCAAs, placing eighth. Cuomo advanced to the A Final with a personal-best time of 21.61 in prelims.
- Parker finished 14th with a time of 22.01 in the 50 free to earn honorable mention All-American honors.
- Senior Maddie Donohoe swam a personal-best time of 4:39.46 to place 10th overall and earn honorable mention All-America honors in the 500-yard freestyle.
- Freshman Sophia Knapp made her NCAA Championships debut, finishing 53rd in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:45.87.
- Junior Abby Harter was one spot out of the finals as the first alternate with her 17th place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:55.57.
- Also in the 200 IM, freshman Aimee Canny was just two places out of the finals with her 19th-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:56.10. Sophomore Ella Bathurst was 32nd with a 1:57.42 and junior Sam Baron was 49th in 1:58.77.
- Sophomore Lizzy Kaye was one spot out of the consolation final, finishing 17th with a score of 266.95. Senior Jenn Bell finished 29th with a 247.25.
Friday’s events will feature the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke.