INDIANAPOLIS – Kate Douglass topped a field that included 10 Olympic medals as she won the US Phillips 66 National Championship in the 100-meter freestyle on Tuesday night at the Indiana University Natatorium.
Douglass’s win automatically qualifies her for the 2023 World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. The recent UVA graduate set a UVA record with her time of 52.57.
Along with Douglass, rising junior Gretchen Walsh finished third in the 100-meter freestyle to secure a spot at the World Championships as part of the US relay teams with her personal-best time of 53.14. Rising senior Maxine Parker will also join Team USA’s relay contingent after placing sixth in the 100 free in 53.51.
Virginia had 14 swimmers competing on the first day of the US Nationals and six of those advanced to the finals on Tuesday night.
Rising senior Abby Harter made the 200-meter butterfly B Final with her time of 2:11.77 in prelims. She finished 16th with a time of 2:12.55.
Rising juniors Jack Aikins and Tim Connery both made the C Final of the men’s 100-meter freestyle. Aikins just missed qualifying for the B Final after going 48.93 to place 17th in prelims. Connery was 23rd in prelims with a time of 49.10.
- Rising senior Sam Baron finished 47th in the women’s 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:19.78.
- Rising sophomore Sebastien Sergile was 42nd in the men’s 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:01.99.
- In the women’s 100-meter freestyle, rising junior Reilly Tiltmann was 40th in 55.86, rising sophomore Zoe Skirboll was 65th in 56.92, rising sophomore Carly Novelline was 68th in 57.05 and UVA alum Paige Madden was 70th in 57.93.
- Rising junior Connor Boyle finished 55th in the men’s 100-meter freestyle (50.77).
- UVA alum Leah Smith finished fourth in the women’s 800-meter freestyle (8:21.88). Rising sophomore Sophia Knapp was 24th with a time of 8:44.07.
Wednesday’s events will include the 200 free, 200 breaststroke, 200 backstroke and 50 butterfly.