Katie McLaughlin Breaks Overall National High School Record, Takes Down 100 Fly Mark

It hasn’t exactly been the smoothest of junior seasons for Katie McLaughlin in California’s Southern Section. Mid-year, she transferred out of JSerra High School, where she’d had so much success with her mother as coach, to Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

That didn’t stop her from having a fantastic season competitively, however. In the California Southern Section’s biggest division, Division I, she swam a 51.78 in the girls’ 100 fly. That gave her a two second win (ahead of Tamara Santoyo – in an also-fast 53.75), and also broke the girls’ National Independent High School Record in the event.

The swim took down a 52.44 done by future Olympian Kathleen Hersey of the Marist School in Atlanta in 2008.

This swim also bettered the overall National High School Record, which was a 51.92 set by Jasmine Tosky of Palo Alto High School on the other end of the state of California in 2011 (though NISCA never formally recognized this record on their record list, for reasons unknown).

McLaughlin in the process broke her own Division I meet record, which she also did in the 200 free earlier with a 1:44.66. Though she’s still a part of two free relay Division records under the JSerra banner, this broke both of her individual marks from her former team.

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9 years ago

Anyone know what the CA rule is on training with your club during HS season? How much, if any, is she allowed to train with Mission Viejo? And what does she do. Meaning…how much club vs HS workouts is she attending? By the looks if those performances, I wound say an awful lot.

Reply to  Mac
9 years ago

I think each school sets their policy, and would guess the majority of top club swimmers train with their club. I think.

9 years ago

Awesome! Div I super fast overall this year!!

9 years ago

NISCA doesn’t update their list on a regular basis. Swimming World list is most accurate. Contact NISCA to have them update.

bobo gigi
9 years ago

Congrats Katie for the 100 fly high school record as a junior!
Her previous PB was 52.34.
51.78 is a great performance.
Also a new PB in the 200 free. It was 1.44.91. She lowered it in 1.44.66.
You are not junior world champion by accident.
She’s clearly the new butterfly face USA badly needs on the women’s side for 2016.

Reply to  bobo gigi
9 years ago

Again, this is short course yard time…. have yet to see what she does LCM

Reply to  whoknows
9 years ago

She won junior worlds…she’s probably better LCM than scy and even better in 200 fly than 100

9 years ago

She did break the overall 100 fly record, but the public record belongs to Jasmine Tosky 51.9 from a few years ago

Reply to  Braden Keith
9 years ago

Tosky’s national Public record came in the CCS prelims that year. Maybe that’s why it was overlooked.

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