McLaughlin Earns Spot on Junior Worlds Team

mclaughlin_mug2_580-150x150By Dan Albano, OC Register

Katie McLaughlin plans to attend the first day of school at JSerra High later this month. But after that, she’ll be on a well-earned absence.

The rising Mission Viejo Nadadores swimmer sealed her spot on the U.S. team for the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a stellar performance on the opening night of the Speedo Junior Championships on Monday.

The 16-year-old captured the 200-meter butterfly in a lifetime-best 2 minutes, 9.68 seconds at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. SOCAL’s Ella Eastin touched fifth at 2:11.30.

McLaughlin’s time ranks third among U.S. women this year and places her on the U.S. team for junior worlds, which begin Aug. 26.

JSerra starts school Aug. 20.

“I’m so excited,” McLaughlin said. “I’ll be there first day (of school) and then I miss like 10 days. … I’m getting my classes early and I’ve already started to email my teachers just in case.”

McLaughlin finished third behind Cammile Adams, 21, and Maya DiRado, 20, in June at the World Championships trials and said juniors was her main target.

“I’m putting more on myself that I want do better at this meet,” she said. “I’ve been to a couple juniors now, so I know what I should be doing and what I can do.”

The Nadadores’ Nick Norman, 16, also showed what he can do. In the 1,500 freestyle, the Capistrano Valley junior-to-be charged from eighth place at the 200 mark to finish second to Jonathan Roberts of the North Texas Nadadores (15:24.82) in a lifetime-best 15:31.41. Norman sliced just more than 10 seconds off his best.

“That’s what keeps you coaching,” Nadadores coach Bill Rose said of Norman. “All heart.”

Norman appears just outside the top-two ranking needed to qualify for Dubai in the 1,500. David Heron of the Nadadores is ranked first with a 15:24.54 from last week’s U.S. Open, followed by Roberts. In the men’s 200 butterfly, Corey Okubo of Aquazot and University High finished fourth in a lifetime-best 1:58.28.

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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Albertoli Named OC Varsity Athlete of the Week

mme5i9-mme5gralbertolimug580Congratulations 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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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.

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Swimming Lions Take Second in Trinity League Finals

JSerra Lions produced top times at the Trinity League Swimming Championships, held at the Santa Margarita Aquatics Complex.

Lion swimmers broke seven varsity Trinity League records in the finals, won 10 League titles and qualified four swimmers to the  All- American automatic times, seven All-American consideration times, 17 CIF automatic times, 13 CIF consideration times and 88 seasonal best times during the season’s dual meet and championship competetions.

Varsity freshman Katie McLaughlin (200 free, 100 fly) and Kaitlyn Albertoli (50 free, 100 free) earned the co-swimmers of the year following their performances,  which included breaking two league records each in addition to helping smash two league relay records along with teammates Rebecca Millard and Karli Thuen in the 200 free and 400 free relays.

Brittany Kahn added to the record tally in the 500 free.  The varsity girls placed second in the league behind the much larger Santa Margarita team.  This is the highest placing for the Lions in their short seven-year history.

The JSerra Lions are seeded first in both the 200 free and 400 free relays going into CIF Division l prelims on Thursday, May 10, at the Riverside Community College Aquatics Center.  McLaughlin is also seeded first in the 200 free and 100 fly.

Six additional top ten seedings include Albertoli (50, 100 free), Millard (50 free), Thuen (200 IM, 500 free) and Kahn (500 free).  Other qualifiers include Millard (100 free), Kahn (200 IM), Sam Miller (100 back), the girls 200 medley relay team including relay only swimmers Haley Sherburne, Jessie Joyner, and Maggie Beyer and boys 200 medley relay team including relay only swimmers Troy Kaltenbach, Will Giovinazzo, and Dan Lopes. 

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JSerra Swimmer Named Athlete of the Week

By Dan Albano, OC Register

Freshman, Brittany Kahn smashed the meet-record in the 500-yard freestyle by over four seconds with a 4:55.67 at the Trinity League prelims Saturday. Kahn’s time ranks second in the county.

Congratulations to Brittany and the JSerra Swim team, for their second athlete of the week for the 2012 season.