ABOUT Katie McLaughlin
2019 FINA World Championships Silver Medalist, 800m Free Relay, American Record Holder, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Swimming Hopeful
Katie McLaughlin is a butterfly and freestyle specialist who is targeting qualification for her first U.S. Olympic Team in Tokyo 2020. A dual threat and proven relay technician, Katie has demonstrated her ability to perform under pressure and get on the podium at major international competitions.
Katie began swimming competitively at age 9 and qualified for her first Olympic Trials just five years later. In 2014, Katie was the third-ranked recruit in the state of CA when she committed to revered coach Teri McKeever at UC Berkeley. At just seventeen years old and swimming in her first major international meet, Katie became a World Champion. Katie entered her freshman year at Cal-Berkeley with one gold (4x200 free relay) and one silver medal (4x100m medley relay) from the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. At that meet, Katie qualified to swim the 200 fly and ended up swimming a personal-best to finish sixth.
Katie was a strong contender for the 2016 Rio Olympic Team before a neck injury derailed her training. During her second semester in Berkeley, Katie left school l to continue rehab. Remarkably, she returned to competition just before the 2016 Pac-12 Championships but she was unable to qualify for NCAA Championships or make a full recovery in time for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Resilience and grit propelled Katie back to the top of elite competition, NCAA honors, and a 2019 World Championship Bronze Medal.
2018 was a year of breakthrough performances for Katie. At the 2018 Pan Pacs, she turned in the second fastest 200m split (1:55.47) to help Team USA take home the silver medal. At the 2019 Santa Clara Invitational, Katie’s 200m free (1:56:48) was the fifth fastest time in the world and second fastest time for an American woman. Katie also rivaled her best 100m fly (57.77), the 2nd fastest of her career, and had a strong 100m free (54:15).
Stepping up to the blocks at the 2019 NCAA Championships, Katie set Cal school records in both the 100 fly (49.97), finishing third, making her only the 5thswimmer ever to break the 50 barrier, and the 200 fly (1:51.09), finishing fourth. Katie is especially proud of contributing to Cal’s national championship titles in the 200 & 400 free relays (3:07.41), defeating the 2017 Stanford record (3:07.61), and the 400 medley relay, while also helping her team to a second-place finish in the 800 free relay.
At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Katie was a member of the American-Record Setting 800m freestyle team, taking home the silver medal. Katie joined the LA Current team for the exciting 2019 launch of the International Swimming League.
Articulate, engaging and gracious, Katie is a respected leader and positive role model for women in sport.
- · Silver Medalist, 800m free relay, 2019 World Championships (American Record)
- · Silver Medalist, 800m free relay, 2018 Pan Pacs (second fastest 200m split)
- · 2nd 100m fly, 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships
- · Finalist 200m free, 2016 Olympic Trials
- · Member of ISL team LA Current
Katie McLaughlin is one of the USA's top swimming stars of the future, with several PRs in her first year post University. Revered for her focus and tenacity, Katie is one of the most authentic athletes on the circuit, turning away partnerships that do not align with her true self.