McLaughlin Named Swim Coach of the Year

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By Dan Albano, OC Register 

JSerra’s girls swim team faced a daunting, new challenge during its quest for a second consecutive CIF Division 1 title.

Instead of playing the role of surprising upstart that marked their championship season in 2012, the Lions were a hunted team this season.

“I think people are coming after them,” JSerra coach Mary McLaughlin said.

But despite the tag of favorite — which usually brings added pressure — JSerra still found its desired destination.

Thanks to an atmosphere of fun and team unity nurtured by McLaughlin, the Lions captured a second straight Division 1 crown, setting a then-national record in the 400-yard freestyle relay and four Orange County records in the process.

For her efforts, McLaughlin has been selected the Register’s girls coach of the year for 2013.

“I want to make (swimming) as fun as possible for them,” the fourth-year coach said. “I try not to make it a big deal, and let them have a good time, and this has been our result.”

JSerra took Division 1 by storm two seasons ago, leaping from a 22nd-place finish in 2011 to its first CIF title.

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Thuen Named OC Varsity Athlete of the Week

mmr8mw-mmr8lmgswimthuenmug580Congratulations to sophomore Karli Thuen for being named to the OC Varsity’s Athlete of the Week.

Thuen captured the 200-yard individual medley (lifetime-best 2:01.81) and raced on the national record-setting 400 freestyle relay (3:21.20) to help the Lions capture their second consecutive CIF Division 1 title. Thuen also was part of JSerra’s county-record 200 free relay (1:32.35) and placed eighth in the 500 free (4:55.22).

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CIF Championship Swimmers Vie for a Spot on the 2012 Olympic Team

pictured: Kaitlyn Albertoli

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.


JSerra CIF Soccer Championship Bolsters School’s Meteoric Rise

The Orange County Local News Network profiled the rise of JSerra’s athletic program. Below is the first few paragraphs and a link to the article.

The 7-year-old JSerra Catholic High School is still the new kid on the block.

Its athletic program is even newer as it enters the fourth year of league play.

The school took on what has been called the toughest league in the United States — the Trinity League.  Only three years into the league, the school walked away with three league championships: boys’ baseball, lacrosse and soccer. 

On March 6, JSerra’s Lions varsity soccer team won its first CIF title in a team sport, beating Harvard Westlake 2-1 in the CIF Division I playoff game in Downey.

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