Congratulations to Kaitlyn Albertoli for being named this week’s OC Varsity Athlete of the Week.
The sophomore sprinter blazed to victory in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.91 seconds, which was the second fastest timein Orange County history. She also captured the 100 freestyle in 50.32 seconds, seventh in county history, at the Trinity League finals at JSerra. Both times were Trinity League records.
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The JSerra swim team hosts a sock drive every year in March for the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Santa Ana. Over 800 local families are served each weekend at Loaves and Fishes. The families who come are often in need of basic items.
Four years ago, Coach McLaughlin asked Director Maria Dzida, if she could use her swim team to help in any way. She responded with ‘socks’. As Mrs. Dzida spoke of the lenten season and the washing of the feet, this become our project.
Every Spring, the JSerra swim team collects socks and food items to donate to the kitchen. The swimmers spend the day serving and giving back to those in need.
“This is an amazing group of kids. It shows the size of the their hearts every time we walk into the building,” said McLaughlin. “I am so very blessed and proud to be their coach both in and out of the water. They understand that receiving and giving go hand in hand.”
The annual Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade took place over the weekend and was themed for ‘Honoring Our Heroes’, and there were plenty who attended the event, as well as many who participated.
JSerra was a proud sponsor of the annual parade and had Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra Aquatics Director and two-time Olympian participate in the parade.
“Being involved in the Laguna Niguel Parade was great to see the community out supporting the city and our hero’s,” said Swail-Ertel. “It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season.”
Also in attendance were the JSerra Tennis and Swim CIF Champions, along with the three-time Trinity League, CIF, and State Championship Cross Country team.
The day was filled with excitement as the pep squad accompanied JSerra athletes as they walked through the largest parade in Southern California adorned by medals and banners displaying all the hard work each team has put into their sport.
JSerra was proud to be a part of the annual parade and sends a special thank you to The City of Laguna Niguel.
Julie Swail-Ertel, JSerra aquatics director and girls water polo head coach, is stationed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ertel, a two-time Olympian will be commentating on the women’s water polo and triathlete events for NBC throughout the two-week long games in London.
” I am excited to be a part of the Olympic games in a different way than as an athlete. I had the pleasure of playing in the games twice before and this will be my second time commentating for NBC. I enjoy being a part of the games there is so much excitement,” said Swail-Ertel.
Ertel will be commentating Wednesday, August 1 on NBC, for the women’s water polo matches.
JSerra sent two students to the tryouts for the Olympics team headed for London this summer.
Two now-sophomore girl swimmers from JSerra Catholic School got an early-life Olympic moment last week as they tried out for a spot on the national swim team headed to London this summer.
Alas, they did not make the cut, but considering that they just finished their first year in high school, we’re betting they’ll be back.
The best showing for Katie McLaughlin of Dana Point was finishing 28th in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 1:00:39.
She just barely cracked the top 50 in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 56.62. She was disqualified in the 200 meters butterfly.
Kaitlyn Albertoli of San Clemente, competed in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, finishing 113th of 154 swimmers with a time of 26.65 seconds.
About 1,800 swimmers competed last week in Omaha for a chance on this year’s summer Olympic team. JSerra swim coach Mary McLaughlin (and Katie’s mom) said only .03 of all swimmers even get the chance to compete.
In a press release, Albertoli said, “I am very excited to have even qualified, I’ve trained so hard to make it and I always strive to have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” She is a JSerra Online student.
Three JSerra Catholic aquatics athletes vie for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team, at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, this month.
“Any school would be blessed to have just one athlete qualify for an opportunity to compete in the Olympic Trials, but to have three is overwhelmingly exciting,” said Mary McLaughlin, JSerra head swim coach.
Among the swimmers attending the Olympic Trials are JSerra alumnus Casey Mims (Cal Berkeley), Katie McLaughlin and Kaitlyn Albertoli, both freshman at JSerra and 2012 CIF Champions. All three swimmers have been named Scholar Athletes at JSerra.
“There are a lot of kids that swim in the country but only .03 percent make the trials. Having three JSerra swimmers part of a very small majority is truly amazing,” said Coach McLaughlin.
“I am very excited to have even qualified. I’ve trained so hard to make it and I always strive to have a healthy disregard for the impossible,” said Albertoli, a JSerra Online student.
Katie McLaughlin, a standout freshman at JSerra, was named the 2012 OC Varsity Fan Female Athlete of the Year.
“I am excited to compete in the Olympic trials, and I want to go and have a great experience,” said Katie McLaughlin.
Recently appointed Interim President Rob Dolan said “Mary runs a great program and this is a tremendous accomplishment for her girls Kaitlyn, Katie and Casey all of whom are incredibly humble and grateful. I’m proud and I know the JSerra community is proud of the hard work and dedication that produced these achievements.”
Also attending the 2012 Olympic games is JSerra Aquatics Director and two-time Olympian Julie Swail-Ertel. Swail-Ertel will be commentating on the water polo and triathlon events for NBC this July.
“JSerra is so proud, and we are all rooting for the girls going to the Olympic trials,” said Swail-Ertel, who has attended the Olympics twice as an athlete and twice as an NBC commentator.