Virginia continues the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Virginia’s Kate Douglas broke the NCAA record by 1.7 seconds in the 200-yard IM on Thursday night as the Cavaliers continue to sweep the NCAA championships in women’s swimming and diving.

Douglas set an American record with a time of 1:48.37. Stanford’s Torrey Huske and Virginia’s Alex Walsh, who finished second and third, also surpassed the previous record.

“Going into this meet, I wanted to go under 1:50, so it’s exciting to go 1:48,” Douglas said in a television interview.

Douglas won Virginia’s second straight 200-yard freestyle relay title with Gretchen Walsh, Lexie Cuomo and Maxine Parker in 1.24.51.

Virginia finished the second day of the four-day event with 208.5 points. Texas is second with 162, Louisville is third with 117.

LSU’s Maggie McNeil also set the NCAA record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.79. McNeil, an Olympic gold medalist in the 100, was fourth, third and second in the 50-yard freestyle. Gretchen Walsh came in second.

Alabama’s Kensi McMahon won her first individual NCAA title in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:36.62. McMahon came into the field with the sixth-fastest time to finish fourth. Texas sophomore Erika Sullivan, Olympic silver medalist and top seed in the preliminaries, finished fourth.

Aranza Vasquez became the first diver in North Carolina program history to win an NCAA title with a score of 358.75.

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