Katie McLaughlin Nabs New 200 Fly NAG Record

En route to finishing in sixth place in today’s final of the women’s 200m butterfly in Kazan, 18-year old Katie McLaughlin took down the event’s 17-18 U.S. National Age Group (NAG) Record.  McLaughlin’s time of 2:06.95 surpassed the previous record held by Kathleen Hersey by the slimmest of margins – just .01 of a second, as the old mark was 2:06.96 from Hersey’s swim in 2008.

Coming into the 2015 FINA World Championships, McLaughlin had been steadily getting faster in the 200 fly event, culminating with her 2:07.08 performance at last year’s Pan Pacific Championships.  That mark registered as the new World Junior Record until China’s Zhang Yufei took it down during Worlds semi’s with her time of 2:06.92, and then again during finals with her gold medal swim of 2:06.51.

McLaughlin’s new NAG Record of 2:06.95 ranks as the ninth-fastest performance of all-time in the 200m butterfly event by an American female. The University of California-bound McLaughlin already holds the 17-18 women’s NAG Record for the 100m butterfly with the 57.87 she registered at July’s Swim Meet of Champions.

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Correction- Zhang won bronze not gold

bobo gigi

Congrats Katie.
Just a matter of time before you medal.
And great fight in the relay too.


Please redshirt freshman year!

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Loretta grew up outside Toledo, OH, where she swam age group and high school. Graduating from Xavier University, she stayed in the Cincinnati, OH area and currently resides just outside the city in Northern KY.  Loretta got back into the sport of swimming via Masters and now competes and is …

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