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UVA’s Kate Douglass named to U.S. National Team

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Kate Douglass
Kate Douglass. Photo courtesy UVA Athletics.

Virginia swimmer Kate Douglass was named to the U.S. National Team, USA Swimming announced on Tuesday.

Douglass was one of four athletes to be added to the team for the 2020-2021 season.

The Pelham, N.Y., native was named to the U.S. National Team in the 100-meter butterfly. The second-year swam a time of 57.43 at the Toyota U.S. Open to place third at the meet behind U.S. National Team members Claire Curzan (56.61) and Torri Huske (57.36).

Her time is currently ranked as the sixth fastest in the world for the 2020-2021 season and is third-fastest time this season by an American.

Incoming Cavalier Gretchen Walsh was also recognized by the organization for bettering her time in the 50-meter freestyle. Already a member of the national team in the event, Walsh swam a time of 24.65 at the Toyota U.S. Open to capture the United States’ fourth-fastest time for the 2020-21 season.

She is the 11th-fastest 50-meter freestyle swimmer in U.S. history.

Chris Graham

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Chris Graham, the king of "fringe media," is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].