Highly-touted Cal freshman and U.S. National Teamer Katie McLaughlin will not swim at the Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin the weekend due to a neck injury she suffered on the team’s training trip.
McLaughlin, who was a part of the U.S. World Championships team last summer, injured her neck in Hawaii, where the California collegiate team has been training between academic semesters.
One of the nation’s top freshmen, McLaughlin was set to swim the 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly and 200 fly in Austin. She’s among the best American butterflyers at just 18 years of age, and was seeded 2nd in both the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Maybe the bigger story, though, is that McLaughlin is set to be a key contributor to Cal’s NCAA title defense. The Golden Bears graduated mega-star Missy Franklin after winning last year’s collegiate title, but brought in a stellar freshman class to reload, with McLaughlin central in that recruiting effort.
The California athletics department released a statement announcing McLaughlin’s scratch from the meet, noting that she has been cleared to train both in and out of the water and expressing optimism at getting McLaughlin back at full strength in competition:
Cal freshman Katie McLaughlin sustained a neck injury during the team’s recent training trip to Hawaii. She is cleared to continue modified training both in the water and on dry land during recovery, however will be held out of competition until the injury has healed. Katie will be evaluated by Cal’s medical staff on a regular basis and is expected to make a full recovery.