McLaughlin Named Swim Coach of the Year

mnc3ik-b781116901z.120130524195859000gjj1e4avf.1

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.

To read the complete article click Coach of the Year.

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).

For more on the JSerra swim team click here.

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.

For more information on the JSerra swim team visit them on Facebook.

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.

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.

A Message from Coach McLaughlin

Thank you to the Lion Nation, the turn out for the JSerra swim meet was amazing.

Special thank you’s to Donald Evans and Mrs. V. for getting the word out. A huge thank you to Mrs. Summers and Coach Sam for the great posters and all the support. Thank you to the coaches and teams for coming out to “Lake JSerra” and cheering on our swimmers.

It was amazing to have Fr. Damien give a blessing and a spirit filled “Goooo Lions” to start the meet.The Accounting office made the trek across campus to cheer us on and “Coach” Holligan sat with the coaches to show pride in his students.

Mr. Strope, as busy as you are, thank you very much for taking time out to show your Lion Pride. Thank you to all the staff and students who made the effort to come out and form a Lion Nation.

God Bless and Go Lions!

NEGU, Coach McLaughlin