JSerra Swim Team Serves the Community During the Lenten Season

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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.”

NBC Hosts JSerra Aquatics Director at Olympic Games

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.

For the complete schedule and to watch live click Olympic Games. 

Local Swimmers Make a Splash at Olympic Trials

Kaite McLaughlin

By Penny Arevalo, San Juan Capistrano Patch

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.

JSerra Hosts Swim Clinic to Benefit the NEGU Foundation

Join JSerra Aquatics and the NEGU Foundation to help raise awareness and funds to empower children fighting cancer.

NEGU is a pediatric cancer foundation inspired by 12-year-old Jessie Rees. Jessie was a beautiful, athletic, smart and compassionate girl who fought two brain tumors. On January 5, 2012 Jessie passed away, but her legacy lives on in the NEGU Foundation, which adopted her motto of “Never Ever Give Up” (NEGU).

Beginning Monday, June 18 the JSerra Aquatics program will host a week long swim clinic for ages five and up. The program will feature training to improve skills, stroke and strength and all the proceeds will go to benefit the NEGU Foundation.

The camp will run Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the JSerra pool deck. A $50 donation is asked of each participant to benefit the NEGU Foundation.

For more information please contact Coach Mary McLaughlin at mmclaughlin@jserra.org.

For more on the NEGU Foundation click here.

Vote for OC Varsity Athlete of the Year Nominee Katie McLaughlin

JSerra freshman swimmer and CIF Champion, Katie McLaughlin has been nominated for the OC Varsity Athlete of the Year, Fan Favorite award.

Voting starts today, so vote early and vote often.

Click CIF Champs to vote.

Girl’s Swim Take CIF Division l Championship

(left to right): Karli Thuen, Kaitlyn Albertoli, Rebecca Millard, Katie McLaughlin and Brittany Kahn

Congratulations to the JSerra girls swim team for bringing home the 2012 CIF Championship, on May 12. The swimmers include;  Karli Thuen (JSerra Online student), Kaitlyn Albertoli, Rebecca Millard, Katie McLaughlin, and Brittany Kahn (JSerra Online student).

The small team of five  finalists, with 14 qualifying entries for CIF  won the first girls CIF Swimming title in JSerra history and the first JSerra Division 1 title in a girls sport.

Congratulations to all of the JSerra swimmers for an outstanding season.

For more on JSerra Aquatics click here.

Boys Swim Qualifies for CIF

Congratulations to the boys swim team for qualifying for the CIF Championships, all the hard work has paid off and Sam Miller (back stroke), Troy Kaltenback (breast stroke), Will Giovinazzo (butterfly), and Dan Lopes (freestyle), will be moving on the compete in the CIF Championships.

For more on JSerra Aquatics click here.