VOTE: McLauglin for OC Varsity Swimmer of the Year

mclaughlin_mug2_580-150x150Help support a fellow lion and vote for Kaite McLaughlin for OC Varsity Swimmer of the Year.

McLaughlin set the CIF Division l records in both the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, ranking her first in both events in Orange County.   She was also part of the national record breaking 1x400m relay team, that included teammates Rebecca Millard, Kaitlyn Albertoli, Britteny Kahn, and Karli Thuen.

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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.

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.


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.

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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.

OC Varsity Names Top Ten Swimmers to Watch

*From OC Varsity

Congratulations to JSerra freshman Katie McLaughlin for being named as one of Orange County’s top twelve swimmers to watch.

McLaughlin, front center, is earning strong reviews throughout O.C. as a swimmer on the rise. In February, she set the Southern California swimming record in the 13-14 age-group for the 100-meter freestyle (56.57). She also has already blasted the No. 5 all-time 100-yard fly for Orange County (54.70).

McLaughlin was also named OC Varsity Athlete of the Week. 

The freshman blazed to the fifth-fastest 100-yard butterfly in Orange County history (lifetime-best 54.70 seconds) and won the 100 freestyle in a county-leading and meet-record 51.67 seconds at the JSerra Invitational. McLaughlin also blazed a 59.22 in an exhibition 100 backstroke at the meet, her first in high school swimming.

McLaughlin will also be competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team this summer.

For more on JSerra Swim visit their Facebook page.

JSerra Freshman Blazes in Debut

*By Dan Albano, Orange County Register

It didn’t take JSerra freshman Katie McLaughlin long to make a strong impression in high school swimming.

In her debut Saturday, the 14-year-old blazed to the fifth-fastest time in county history in the 100-yard butterfly at the JSerra Invitational.

McLaughlin, a rising standout with the Mission Viejo Nadadores club, won the butterfly in a meet-record time of 54.70 seconds. The time places McLaughlin just over a second off Tara Thomas’ 2007 county record of 53.54 for Beckman.

McLaughlin has earned two of her three qualification times for June’s U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200-meter butterfly.

She also won the 100-yard freestyle in a meet-record 51.67 seconds and clocked a 59.22 in an exhibition race in the 100 backstroke.

For the full article click here.

To see the complete standings from the JSerra Invitational click here.