Katie McLaughlin Hits 57.7 100 Fly At Day 2 Finals In Santa Clara


After putting together an impressive preliminary swim in the women’s 100 fly this morning, Cal’s Katie McLaughlin was even faster tonight to win the event going away at day 2 finals of the Santa Clara International meet.

McLaughlin put up a time of 57.77, the second-fastest performance of her career, to establish a new season-best and move her into 13th in the world for 2019 (her morning swim was 57.96). Her PB was done last summer in Irvine in 57.51.

16-year-old Genevieve Sasseville from Swim Ontario claimed second in a time of 1:00.52, her second best time of the day after going 1:00.64 in the heats (she came in with a PB of 1:00.66), and McLaughlin’s Cal teammate Cassidy Bayer was third in 1:01.28.

The 21-year-old McLaughlin also had a near-lifetime best swim in the 100 free, where she finished in the runner-up position to teammate Abbey Weitzeil. Weitzeil won in 54.05, a new season-best, and McLaughlin was a tenth back in 54.15, just off her best of 54.14 from last summer’s Pan Pacs.

Simone Manuel was the top seed out of the prelims in 53.30, a time which was a new season-best and put her seventh in the world, but she scratched out of the final. The same went for Katie Drabot, who had put up the #2 time in the 100 fly this morning in 59.82.

One of the Alto Swim Club athletes who did stick around for finals was Abrahm DeVine, who had an impressive double in the men’s 100 free and 100 fly.

DeVine first won the 100 free in 50.94, just off his prelim best of 50.63, and followed up by taking the 100 fly in a new lifetime best of 53.25.


  • Madison Broad of Swim Ontario made up over a second on Erin Voss on the final 50 of the women’s 200 back, closing in 32.12 to pull out the win in a time of 2:11.44 to Voss’ 2:11.66. Broad swam a best of 2:09.45 at the Canadian World Trials in April.
  • Colby Mefford had the fastest swim of his career outside of the 2018 Speedo Junior Nationals to win the men’s 200 back in 2:06.34, with Cal’s Ethan Young the runner-up in 2:07.34.
  • It was a 1-2 for the Canadians in the women’s 400 IM, as the Swim Ontario duo of Tessa Cieplucha (4:45.44) and Mabel Zavaros (4:47.12) both had strong performances. Zavaros held a sizeable lead after the backstroke, but both Summer Smith and Cieplucha moved past her on the breaststroke before Cieplucha pulled ahead of Smith on the free. Zavaros rallied with a 31.07 last 50 to edge out the 16-year-old Smith (4:47.75).
  • Christopher Jhong of Cal won the men’s 400 IM in 4:30.72.
  • Cal’s Katherine Kustritz cracked 32 seconds for the first time to win the women’s 50 breast, clocking 31.97 after going a best of 32.09 in the morning. Nina Kucheran of Swim Ontario took second in 32.42.
  • In the men’s 50 breast, Brandon Fischer (28.42) edged out Eli Wall (28.49) for the victory.

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4 years ago

No disrespect to those swimming, but what happened to this meet? I remember when I was swimming, this was always a big time competition.

Reply to  woods
4 years ago

USA Swimming Pro Series meets.

4 years ago

It seems Katie will break 57 secs barrier in 100m fly this summer…

Ol’ Gator
4 years ago

Max white with a nice breakthrough meet!

Reply to  Ol’ Gator
4 years ago

a real stud

Max white phan
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
4 years ago

Big time guy coming from Green Bay Area I hear

Cody Miller’s Double Dolphin
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
4 years ago

In what swims?

4 years ago

Congratulations Katie! Your persistence and hard work is showing!

Go bears!!!
4 years ago

Anyone know why Simone, Katie, and Brooke didn’t swim tonight?

Reply to  Go bears!!!
4 years ago

I believe it is currently Finals week at Stanford.

Reply to  CraigH
4 years ago

That would be a ridiculously late finals week – most high schools are out by now, much less colleges

Reply to  Tupperware
4 years ago

Stanford, like many schools (mostly private, colleges across the country, and many public and private colleges in California), is on a quarters system. That often results in an academic schedule that doesn’t align closely with the rest of the country. Finals for the spring quarter run from June 10th-14th. UCLA’s, for example, are June 8th-14th. Dartmouth was May 31-June 3, and next year will be June 5th-8th. Depaul in Chicago is June 10th-14th. These are just a few ‘for examples.’

Reply to  Tupperware
4 years ago

that would have been easy to Google…

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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