Girls Swimming Breaks National Record at the CIF Championships

Left to right: Katie McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Albertoli,
Left to right: Katie McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Albertoli, Karli Thuen, and Rebecca Millard

By: Dan Albano, OC Varsity

JSerra’s girls sealed their second straight title by capturing the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay in a national record 3 minutes, 21.20 seconds.

JSerra racked up 243 points in holding off Corona del Mar (232), Santa Margarita (224) and University (215).

The JSerra girls led Corona del Mar, 199-194, going into the 400 relay. Santa Margarita (193) and University (191) also were close.

The Lions needed to win the relay to claim the title, but they also were after the national record.

“We were saying we’d be fine with either one,” JSerra’s Katie McLaughlin said. “(We) did not expect both. … It’s a little shocking.”

JSerra’s 400 team of Kaitlyn Albertoli (50.39), Karli Thuen(51.68), Rebecca Millard (49.97) and McLaughlin (49.16) broke the national record of Germantown Academy, Pa., which clocked a 3:21.63 in February.

To read more on the two-time CIF Championship girls swim team click here.