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Kate Douglass wins first individual gold medal at World Championships


PMHS alumna Kate Douglass has won five medals during the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, which started on Sunday. She earned her first ever individual world championship gold medal in the 200 IM, as well as a silver and bronze in relay events. This Friday morning Douglass placed fourth in two final races, as well as medaling silver in the 200m breaststroke.

Douglass put on an impressive swim in the 200 IM, coming back after trailing by 1.15 seconds to finish with a time of 2:07.17. Fellow Virginia Cavalier Alex Walsh took second, making it the first time that two American women have taken home gold and silver in the event at World Championships.

Douglass also competed in the 4×100 mixed medley relay and 4×100 freestyle relay race, earning a bronze and silver respectively. In the individual 100m freestyle, Douglass earned fourth place, just one tenth of a second behind a podium finish.

Douglass finished her individual races this morning with a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke. Her lineup of 100m freestyle, 200m IM and 200m breaststroke captures the dynamic versatility that Douglass has brought to Team USA and the worldwide competition.

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Nicolas is a junior at Pelham Memorial High School. A passionate and involved student, he is a member of the Young Democrats Club, Debate Club, and Breast Cancer Awareness Club. Nicolas joined the Examiner in December of 2022.

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