Swimming & Diving: Douglass, Alex Walsh advance to 200 IM finals at Olympic Trials

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

Photo: Swimming World

Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh turned in the top two times to advance to the finals of the 200 Individual Medley on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Team trials in Indianapolis.

Douglass, who has already earned a spot on the Team USA roster, turned in the top time at 2:08.53. Walsh, swimming in another heat, was second at 2:08.74. Walsh has not yet earned a spot on the U.S. team roster.

Incoming freshman Leah Hayes gives UVA a third competitor in Saturday night’s final. She was fifth at 2:10.93. Abby Harter was 15th in the semifinal races at 2:15.73.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Walsh was the silver medalist in the event while Douglass won bronze.

In other action, Claire Curzan finished third in the finals of the 200 Back (2:06.34), finishing .07 behind second place.

The Hoos will compete at 11 a.m. Saturday in the prelims for the women’s 50 free. The 8 p.m. evening session will feature the finals in the women’s 200 IM, the women’s 800 free and the semifinals of the women’s 50 free. The U.S. Olympic trials run thru Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.