KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Kate Douglas was involved in two more American records and Virginia once again dominated the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, winning the team title for the third year in a row.
Douglas lowered her American record in the 200-meter breaststroke and swam a leg on the Virginia record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay team.
UVA joins Texas, Stanford, Georgia and Auburn as three-peat champions. The Cavaliers scored 541.5 points with 11 total wins, winning all five relay events and adding six individual champions. Virginia became just the fourth program in the NCAA to win all five relays.
Douglas led UVA with three individual victories in the 200-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA, American and US Open tournaments.
Douglas’ 200-meter breaststroke time of 2:01.29 was nearly two full seconds ahead of Texas’ Anna Elendt (2:03.26). Virginia’s Ella Nelson was third in 2:04.33.
Texas was second with 414.5 points and Stanford was third with 333 points. Rounding out the top 10 are Louisville, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina.
Virginia’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Gretchen Walsh, Douglas, Lexie Cuomo and Alex Walsh set an American record of 3:06.91. Stanford was second in 3:08.83 and Louisville was third in 3:08.92.
Gretchen Walsh won the 100-yard freestyle in 45.61 seconds. Stanford’s Torrie Huske was second in 46.46 and LSU’s Maggie McNeil was third in 46.58.
Texas finished first and third in the 200-yard butterfly with champion Emma Sticklen (1:49.95) and bronze medalist Kelly Pash (1:51.89). Virginia’s Alex Walsh finished second in 1:50.23.
Alabama’s Kensi McMahon won the 1,600 freestyle with a time of 15:43.84. Indiana’s Ching Hwee Gan was second in 15:46.28 and Wisconsin’s Paige McKenna was third in 15:48.71.
Stanford freshman Claire Curzan won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:47.64, followed by Wisconsin’s Phoebe Bacon (1:49.28) and California’s Isabel Stadden (1:49.38).
USC’s Nike Agunbiade won the platform diving with 277.80 points. Texas’ Jordan Skilken finished second and Purdue’s Macy Vieta finished third.