Last week, national high school record holder Grant Shoults of the Mission Viejo Nadadores tweeted that his teammate Katie McLaughlin, a U.S. Olympic team contender in the 200 free, 100 fly, and 200 fly swam a 2:13 200 meter fly from a push. This came after a set of 10 x 200s.
He added (with sarcasm): “She isn’t ready.”
At the end of a 10×200 set today @KatieMcLaugh1in pulled out a 2:13 200 fly from a push… "She isn't ready"????
— grantshoults (@grantshoults) June 17, 2016
Mission Viejo Nadadores head coach Bill Rose confirmed her performance.
Even after 10 x 200s and from a push, a low 2:13 is fast enough to rank in the top 40 in the 200 fly on the Olympic Trials psych sheet.
The eighteen-year-old McLaughlin comes into the 2016 Olympic Team Trials as the second-fastest 200 fly swimmer, with a seed time of 2:06.95. Only 2012 Olympian Cammile Adams is ahead of her, seeded with 2:06.33.
McLaughlin has had a tough season, however, so it’s exciting to hear that she is back at top form. The Cal freshman injured her neck during the team’s annual training trip to Hawaii in January, and the injury eventually caused her to move home for rehabilitation. She has since been training with Mission Viejo.
McLaughlin is entered in the 200 free, 200 fly, 100 free, and 100 fly this weekend.