Kate Douglass Posts 20.34 50 Free Relay Split, #2 All-Time


By Yanyan Li on SwimSwam



Kate Douglass is so good at swimming to the point where she just posted the second-fastest 50 free relay split of all-time, and she’s not even swimming the event individually.

To open up the 2023 NCAA Championships, Douglass clocked a 20.34 to anchor Virginia’s 200 medley relay that broke the US Open, NCAA, and American record in a time of 1:31.51. The only swimmer who has been faster than her off a relay is Anna Hopkins, who split a 20.27 at the 2020 SEC Championships.

All-Time Relay Performers, 50-Yard Free

  1. Anna Hopkin (2020) – 20.27
  2. Kate Douglass (2023) — 20.34
  3. Simone Manuel (2018)/Abbey Weitzeil – 20.45
  4. Gretchen Walsh (2023) – 20.48
  5. Erika Brown (2020) – 20.57
  6. Maggie MacNeil (2022) – 20.59
  7. Arianna Vanderpool Wallace (2012) – 20.80
  8. Maggie Meyer (2010) – 20.81
  9. Kylee Alons (2021) – 20.82
  10. Kelsi Dahlia (2016) – 20.84

That being said, there was a touchpad error when Hopkin set her record-splitting split (which was still considered legal), so how much faster she really was than Douglass today is something that we will never figure out.

Coming into NCAAs, Douglass’s fastest relay split was a 20.49, which she swam to anchor Virginia’s 200 medley relay at ACCs this year. That split had made her the fifth-fastest relay performer of all time.

After winning two straight 50 free NCAA titles, Douglass will be opting to swim the 200 IM tomorrow individually for the first time since the cancelled 2020 NCAA Championships. Her best time on a flat start in the 50 free is a 20.84, which is 0.01 of a second slower than Gretchen Walsh‘s 20.83 US Open, NCAA, and American record.

SwimSwam: Kate Douglass Posts 20.34 50 Free Relay Split, #2 All-Time

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