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6 Days Before Swimming World Cup, American Sensation Kate Douglass Crowns Herself With ‘Fastest Woman’ Title

Published 10/01/2023, 6:18 AM EDT

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The highly anticipated World Aquatics Swimming World Cup is only days away. This year’s event, which will begin on October 6 and run until October 8, will be held in the waters of Berlin. The German capital, which has held 18 World Cups since 2000, will witness staunch swimmers from the United States, including Katie Grimes, Nic Fink, and Jousha Brown, participate in the event.

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Following this news, six days before the swimming World Cup, a 21-year-old US swimming prodigy created history. At an NCAA event, 2020 Olympics champion Kate Douglass crowned herself with the fastest woman title clocking 51.97 seconds. A video of the athlete’s performance has made waves in the swimming world recently.

Kate Douglass creates history at an NCAA swimming event


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On September 30, Kate Douglass etched her name in swimming history. At the intrasquad meet of UVA vs. Texas held by the University of Virginia, Kate Douglass won the heats in 51.97 seconds in the women’s 100-yard IM. The 21-year-old swimmer became the first woman to clock in under 52 seconds. Amid this victory, UVa Swimming posted a video of the athlete’s performance on YouTube.

Interestingly, after clocking in under 52 seconds, the 2020 Olympic medalist broke Gretchen Walsh’s fastest time recorded (52.09) in the 2022 Texas vs. UVA event. Douglass now holds four records in the top ten women’s 100-meter IM performances list. However, the athlete’s staunch victory will not be reflected in her NCAA’s record.


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After winning three titles at the 2023 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship, the athlete decided to end her college career this past March. In her fifth year, the athlete decided to focus her time on the upcoming Olympics to be held in Paris. Amid this decision, 21-year-old Douglass also managed to secure the USA its first gold at the 2023 World Championship after surpassing Alex Walsh at Fukuoka, Japan.

Kate Douglass surpasses Alex Walsh at the 2023 Worlds

In the 2023 season, Kate Douglass reclaimed her dominance. After being surpassed as the world’s fastest woman in 100m IM in 2020, Douglass was able to secure Team USA’s first gold at the 2023 Worlds. In the 200-meter individual, Douglass stood atop the podium by touching the wall in 2 minutes and 7.17 seconds, while Alex Walsh had to settle for the silver by clocking in 2 minutes and 07.97 seconds.


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The third position was secured by Chinese swimmer Yu Yiting in 2:08.74. In an interview, while highlighting competing against her teammate, the 21-year-old told the media, “I kind of knew going into the race, it was going to be Alex or me on top for the U.S., at least that’s what we were hoping for.

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With back-to-back historic performances and reclaiming her world’s fastest woman in 100m IM title, Kate Douglass is gearing up to strike her magic at the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup and Paris Olympics. The Douglass enthusiasts are also girding up to witness the athlete add another medal to her ever-growing hall of fame and continue to break more records.


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Written by:

Paras Jan


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Paras Haji is a US Sports author at Essentially Sports. She began her professional journey as a content and news publisher, which gave her valuable experience in the sports media industry. Her passion for all things Olympics, and dedication to keeping track of every competitive performance, have earned her recognition for handing over captivating articles.
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Brandon Gabriel