Pelham’s Olympian Kate Douglass swims fastest 50 freestyle in NCAA history



Kate Douglass swimming at the University of Virginia.

Kate Douglass, a junior at the University of Virginia, set the record for the fastest women’s 50 freestyle in NCAA history while winning the title in the Women’s NCAA Championship in Atlanta.

Douglass placed first in the preliminaries with a record breaking time of 20.87, which topped the previous NCAA record, as well as the American and U.S. Open record of 20.90, set in 2019 by a swimmer from the University of California. She improved on her record-setting time with a 20.84 to capture her second consecutive 50 free NCAA title.

Douglass competed in the 2020 Winter Tokyo Olympics, earning a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley. She is a 2019 graduate of the Pelham Memorial High School.