17-year-old Katie McLaughlin broke the 17-18 National Age Group record in the 100 meter fly Saturday night, taking the mark below 58 seconds for the first time ever.
McLaughlin was just off the record in prelims, going 58.50 – the old bar was set at 58.41 from Felicia Lee in 2010. Lee, of course, would go on to a stellar NCAA career with Stanford including several NCAA-winning and American record-breaking relays. The 17-year-old McLaughlin will swim for Stanford’s Pac-12 rival California.
Currently, though, she swims for coach Bill Rose and the Mission Viejo Nadadores of Southern California. Mission Viejo is hosting the Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions (also known as SMOC) this weekend, and it was there, in her home pool, that McLaughlin set the record.
McLaughlin was 57.87 to both win the event and set the record. In the process, she beat some huge names, including USC standout and U.S. National Teamer Kendyl Stewart, McLaughlin’s future Cal teammate Noemie Thomas and incoming Stanford freshman Ella Eastin.
What’s really interesting is that McLaughlin actually outpaced the old record mostly in the first 50, despite being better known as a 200 flyer who will swim only that distance at World Championships this summer.
McLaughlin beat Lee’s old split at the 50-mark by about four tenths, and was also faster by a tenth in the back half.
- 2015 McLaughlin: 27.34/30.53 = 57.87
- 2010 Lee: 27.76/30.65 = 58.41
We’ll have a full recap of SMOC after the meet finishes on the West Coast.