Pelham alumnae Kate Douglass, Jennifer Bell help Virginia win its first NCAA swimming and diving title



Virginia wins its first NCAA women’s swimming and diving title.

Pelham Memorial High School alumna Kate Douglass has continued to find success in her swimming career.

After being named 2019-2020 ACC Freshman of the year, her season was cut short due to Covid-19. This year, Douglass and the rest of the University of Virginia swimming and diving team had their eyes set on the NCAA championship. On March 20, the Wahoos came out victorious with an impressive performance from Douglass. This is the program’s first national title since it was founded in 1974. 

Douglass, who graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 2019, took home the gold medal in the 50-yard freestyle and placed second in six other events. This performance from Douglass contributed to Virginia’s win with 491 meet points; the next team only scored 344.

Another PMHS alumna, Jennifer Bell, also contributed towards the championship for the Wahoos.

Virginia continued a strong showing in the ACC this season, with 12 ACC wins since 2008. With two seasons in the books, both Bell and Douglass look to their futures in the sport.