Kate Douglass breaks her own NCAA record for 200 yard breaststroke


Courtesy virginiasports.com

Kate Douglass swimming at the University of Virginia.

Kate Douglass, a 2019 Pelham Memorial High School graduate and a member of the University of Virginia swim team, swam a 2:01.87 time in the 200 yard breaststroke on Saturday. The time broke Douglass’s previously held NCAA record.

Douglass also took out her own  U.S. Open, ACC, University of Virginia and Tennessee Invite records.

Douglass has been working on this event since her freshman year at UVA. In the fall of 2019, she swam 2:07.92, her personal best time by almost three seconds. From there, the 200 yard breaststroke has become one of her most accomplished events.

During her junior year, Douglass beat Lilly King’s NCAA record by swimming a 2:02.19 in the event, winning the national title.

Douglass is now the owner of three American records in different strokes: the 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard breast and 50 yard freestyle. She competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, earning bronze for the 200 individual medley.