2022 NCAA Women’s Championship: Kate Douglass Continues Stellar Meet With Top Seed in 100 Butterfly Prelims

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The Day 3 prelims session of the 2022 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships continued from the McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech with the 100 butterfly.

Michigan senior Maggie Mac Neil came into the event as the defending NCAA and Olympic champion in the event. She also holds the NCAA record at 48.89 set last year.

Meanwhile, Stanford freshman Torri Huske made the Olympic team for the U.S. in the event, breaking the American long-course record at the Olympic trials.

Virginia’s Kate Douglass broke the American record in the 50 freestyle on Thursday, giving the event a stunning three-way star power.

In the fifth heat, Virginia’s Kate Douglass held off a late surge to finish in 50.06, ahead of NC State’s Kylee Alons (50.94) and Rhyan White (51.27) in the first of her double. Douglass took the top seed overall. Alons took the seventh seed and White took the 10th spot.

Michigan’s Maggie Mac Neil was in the sixth heat and was bested by Texas’ Emma Sticklen (50.73). Mac Neil was second in the heat at 50.76 and had the fifth seed overall behind Sticklen.

Huske was in Lane 4 of the final heat and finished in 50.62 to hold off Tennessee’s Ellen Walshe (50.65) to win the heat. They took the seconds and third seeds, respectively, overall.

Louisville’s Gabi Albiero took the sixth seed ahead of Alons and Texas sophomore Olivia Bray (51.04).

Event 9  Women 100 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 48.89  3/19/2021 Maggie MacNeil, Michigan
         Meet: M 48.89  3/19/2021 Maggie MacNeil, Michigan
     American: A 49.24  2/10/2022 Claire Curzan, TAC Titans
      US Open: O 48.89  3/19/2021 Maggie MacNeil, Michigan
         Pool: P 49.43  3/18/2016 Kelsi Worrell, Louisville
    Name                 Year School               Seed    Prelims        
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Douglass, Kate         JR Virginia                       50.06  
    r:+0.68  23.47        50.06 (26.59)
  2 Huske, Torri           FR Stanford                       50.62  
    r:+0.61  23.36        50.62 (27.26)
  3 Walshe, Ellen          FR Tennessee                      50.65  
    r:+0.65  24.05        50.65 (26.60)
  4 Sticklen, Emma         SO Texas                          50.73  
    r:+0.63  23.65        50.73 (27.08)
  5 MacNeil, Maggie        SR Michigan                       50.76  
    r:+0.61  23.62        50.76 (27.14)
  6 Albiero, Gabi          SO Louisville                     50.84  
    r:+0.63  23.94        50.84 (26.90)
  7 Alons, Kylee           SR NCSU                           50.94  
    r:+0.66  23.59        50.94 (27.35)
  8 Bray, Olivia           SO Texas                          51.04  
    r:+0.73  23.73        51.04 (27.31)
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  9 Cuomo, Lexi            JR Virginia                       51.22  
    r:+0.67  23.44        51.22 (27.78)
 10 White, Rhyan           SR Alabama                        51.27  
    r:+0.65  24.07        51.27 (27.20)
 11 Luther, Dakota         SR Georgia                        51.37  
    r:+0.66  24.03        51.37 (27.34)
 12 Carter, Olivia         SR Michigan                       51.43  
    r:+0.64  23.95        51.43 (27.48)
 13 Zenick, Katherine      SO Ohio St                        51.64  
    r:+0.61  24.04        51.64 (27.60)
 14 Vannote, Ellie         JR UNC                            51.73  
    r:+0.67  24.25        51.73 (27.48)
 15 Nava, Jessica          SR Virginia                       51.79  
    r:+0.66  24.11        51.79 (27.68)
 15 Ulett, Tristen         SO Louisville                     51.79  
    r:+0.73  24.24        51.79 (27.55)