Kate Douglass Becomes Seventh Member of Sub-50 100 Fly Club at Tennessee Double Dual

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Virginia sophomore Kate Douglass, fresh off becoming the third fastest performer in the 200 IM, moved to a tie for fifth all-time in the 100 butterfly, becoming the seventh member of the sub-50 club with a 49.73 on Friday night at the Tennessee Double Dual with the Vols and Alabama. Douglass improved on her best time of 50.18 from this morning to now sit tied with Claire Curzan on the all-time list.

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Women’s 100 Fly All-Time Rankings (SCY)

  1. 49.26, Louise Hansson, 2019
  2. 49.26, Maggie MacNeil, 2019
  3. 49.38, Erika Brown, 2020
  4. 49.43, Kelsi Worrell, 2016
  5. 49.73, Kate Douglass, 2020
  6. 49.73, Claire Curzan, 2020
1 Douglass, Kate   19 Virginia-VA         49.73      
    r:+0.57  10.50        23.17 (12.67)
          36.39 (13.22)       49.73 (13.34)

Douglass also split a 21.95 on butterfly in the 200 medley relay as the Cavaliers swam to a 1:34.35. The team of Caroline Gmelich (24.26),  Alexis Wenger (26.39) and Alex Walsh (21.75) got within a few tenths of their mid-season time from last season of 1:33.91. Virginia won ahead of Tennessee (1:37.47). The Cavaliers also got wins on the night from Ella Nelson in the 400 IM (4:05.02) and Paige Madden in the 200 free (1:42.39).

Virginia also did not swim the 800 free relays, in favor of getting to the hotel earlier in preparation for tomorrow.

Tennessee’s Mona McSharry put up an impressive time in the 100 breaststroke with a 58.28, winning ahead of Virginia freshman Alex Walsh (59.02) and junior Alexis Wenger (59.12). Alabama’s Rhyan White, who was one of our top returning swimmers in the NCAA this season, won the 100 back with a solid time of 50.45, not far off her 50.02 that she swam in winning SECs last year.

Alabama closed the session with a win in the 800 free relay at 7:05.69 with Morgan Scott (1:45.79), Kensey McMahon (1:46.83), Ashley Voelkerding (1:46.77) and Gracie Felner (1:46.30) holding off Tennessee’s team of Alexis Yager (1:47.69), Trude Rothrock (1:45.39), Abby Samansky (1:47.43) and Tjasa Pintar (1:45.32) at 7:05.32.

On the men’s side of the meet, Alabama swept both relays with a 1:24.65 in the medley with the team of Matthew Menke (21.71), Liam Bell (23.59), Colton Stogner (20.48) and Matt King (18.87), while the 800 free relay team of Bell (1:36.01), Cam Auerbach (1:35.78), Kacper Piotrowski (1:35.43) and Jonathan Berneburg (1:38.28) won at 6:25.50.

The Crimson Tide also collected an individual win from Jake Marcum at 46.83, just ahead of Menke at 46.84.

The Virginia men used the momentum gathered from the women’s team to win both the 400 IM with Casey Storch (3:45.71) and the 200 free with Jack Wright (1:34.88), going 1-2 in both races.

Tennessee also collected a pair of individual wins from transfer Kayky Mota in the 100 fly (45.50) and Michael Houlie in the 100 breast (51.89)