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Kate Douglass Wins NCSA Junior National Championship

By Gavin Woods, Sophomore


Three time Section 1 winner, holder of two section 1 records, and one of the top three finalists at the New York State final -- these are all accolades that belong to PMHS freshman, Kate Douglass. Kate’s remarkable performance in the breaststroke has given her the honor of being the fastest 13-year old American swimmer in the 21st century.


Though this is Kate’s first year swimming for the Pelham Varsity team as a high school student, she has been swimming practically her whole life. Kate began her swimming career at the New York Athletic Club, swimming in the summer. When it became apparent she had a talent in the sport, she began swimming for an all year-round team. Kate now swims every day of the week for around two and a half hours, and once a week she goes to practice before school. Her vigorous schedule can occasionally make her schedule difficult.


“The biggest challenge I have faced has been balancing my time between school and swimming, and figuring out how to manage my time,” said Kate.


Kate is proud to swim for Pelham but she has set her sights on higher aspirations.


“My goals would probably be to swim in college and represent team USA at an international meet.” Kate’s impressive freestyle times have qualified her for the 2016 US Olympic team trials. With a 26.58 time, she is the fastest 13 year old qualifier. Having already cut two seconds on her 200 meter breaststroke, she is now the eighth fastest American in this event.


Though Kate has already accomplished more in swimming than most do in their high school career, she has no intention of slowing down with the three years she has left at Pelham. Kate aspires to win the New York state championship for relay with her Pelham teammates. Having just come up short at the last state final in 2015, Kate is ready to come back next year to win the 200 meter in breaststroke. With three years of high school left, the future looks bright for Pelham’s own, Kate Douglass.