Virginia sophomore Kate Douglass joined the sub-1:51 club in the 200 IM on Thursday night at the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville with a 1:50.92 to nearly break the American record of 1:50.67 held by Ella Eastin in 2018. Douglass moved to third all-time, improving on her best of 1:51.36 that she set at ACCs last year.

Douglass was the top seed in this event heading into the 2020 NCAAs before the meet was ultimately cancelled to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. She won tonight ahead of Virginia freshman Alex Walsh (1:54.47) and fellow Cavalier Ella Nelson (1:54.72).

Live Results

All-Time Rankings Women’s 200 IM (SCY)

  1. 1:50.67, Ella Eastin, 2018
  2. 1:50.79, Beata Nelson, 2019
  3. 1:50.92, Kate Douglass, 2020
  4. 1:51.25, Kathleen Baker, 2018
  5. 1:51.62, Meghan Small, 2019
1 Kate Douglass    SO Virginia-VA       1:50.92      
    r:+0.59  23.37        50.98 (27.61)
        1:23.71 (32.73)     1:50.92 (27.21)

Compared to Eastin’s splits, Douglass pushed the front half:

1 Ella Eastin      JR Stanford          1:50.67  
    r:+0.70  24.59        52.04 (27.45)
        1:24.32 (32.28)     1:50.67 (26.35)

Douglass also led off the 200 free relay with a 21.42 as Virginia touched first at 1:27.37 with the team of Lexi Cuomo (22.32), Kyla Valls (22.12) and Alex Walsh (21.51) winning ahead of Tennessee (1:29.45) and Alabama (1:30.04). She swam the butterfly leg on Virginia’s winning medley relay at 50.09 as Walsh (51.83), Alexis Wegner (58.92) and Madden (48.32) teamed up to swim a 3:29.16.

Virginia also grabbed a win from Paige Madden in the 500 freestyle (4:33.09) ahead of Alabama’s Kensey McMahon (4:39.84), while Jack Wright won the men’s 500 for the Cavaliers at 4:17.66 ahead of Jack Walker (4:18.34).

Tennessee’s Kayky Mota won a tight race over Virginia’s Sean Conway in the 200 IM with a 1:44.32 to 1:44.38. Mota also swam the butterfly leg on Tennessee’s winning medley relay with a 45.11 split while Harrison Lierz (47.46), Michael Houlie (51.04) and Nolan Briggs (42.89) teamed up to win at 3:06.50.

Alabama’s Mayy King (19.26) won the 50 over Virginia freshman Matt Brownstead (19.33). King also led off Alabama to a win in the 200 free relay with a 19.31, handing off to Colton Stogner (19.59), Jonathan Berneburg (19.41) and Sam Disette (19.22) as the Crimson Tide won at 1:17.53.

Tennessee’s Bailey Grinter also took the 50 freestyle win at 22.11.

The meet is not being scored and only featuring Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee.

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