(VIDEO INTERVIEW) Katie McLaughlin on the Golden Goggles Red Carpet

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Photo Courtesy: Diana Pimer

Katie McLaughlin talked for a brief minute to Swimming World about her experience at the Golden Goggles Awards show on Monday night in New York City. McLaughlin also took us through what she was wearing and how long it took her to get ready.

McLaughlin was up for the Perseverance Award at the Golden Goggles for making her first National team for the first time since 2015. She placed second in the 100 fly at Nationals this summer, which earned her spot on the Pan Pac team in Japan. The award ultimately went to Micah Sumrall.

McLaughlin is currently in her senior year at Cal Berkeley where she is looking for her first individual NCAA title, and also searching for Cal’s first national team title since 2015.

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(From L-R) Cal teammate Abbey Weitzeil, Sean Grieshop, Andrew Seliskar and Katie McLaughlin; Photo Courtesy: Diana Pimer

Following a breakout 2015 season, Katie McLaughlin seemed well positioned to make a run at the 2016 Olympic Team before fracturing two vertebrae in her lower neck in January 2016. She’s been on the comeback trail ever since, and McLaughlin completed her return to major international competition with a runner-up finish in the 100m butterfly at Phillips 66 Nationals in a lifetime-best swim of 57.51. In Tokyo, McLaughlin earned a silver medal as a member of the 4x200m freestyle relay.

McLaughlin’s 2018 highlights: