Pan Pacs Medalist Katie McLaughlin Commits to California

Katie McLaughlin

Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

DANA POINT, California, September 7. MISSION Viejo’s Katie McLaughlin has committed to Class of 2015 for California, according to a tweet she just sent out. McLaughlin, fresh off winning a bronze medal in the 200-meter fly, decided to swim in college for the California Golden Bears.

McLaughlin is ranked seventh in the Class of 2015 by CollegeSwimming.com and third overall in the loaded State of California.  She also preps at JSerra Catholic in California, and set the national 100-yard fly high school record this year.

She had an amazing run at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, posting a time of 2:07.08 in the 200-meter fly as well as a 58.77 in the 100-meter fly.

She also has some serious short course yard ability, with top times of 51.78 in the 100-yard fly, 1:54.48 in the 200-yard fly and 1:44.66 in the 200-yard freestyle.

So, she definitely is a medley relay option as well as showing some potential in the 800-yard free relay.

The big question is whether McLaughlin can develop some sprint freestyle speed to make her way into the sprint relays. She’s proven some of that already with a 27.00 in the 50-meter free and a 55.33 in the 100-meter free this summer, while her top 50-yard free tile is a 22.70.  She also has a 49.52 to her credit in the 100-yard free.