Katie McLaughlin Keeping Things in Perspective After Difficult Year

Katie McLaughlin Keeping Things in Perspective After Difficult Year

By David Rieder

At just seventeen years old and swimming in her first major international meet, Katie McLaughlin became a World Champion. Five months later, she faced an even greater test when a debilitating neck injury knocked her out of the pool altogether. Now, after a difficult four month stretch, she’s on the long road back.

McLaughlin entered her freshman year at Cal-Berkeley last August with one gold and one silver medal from Worlds in Kazan. McLaughlin had qualified to swim the 200 fly at that meet but was pressed into additional duty as a relay swimmer for Team USA, swimming the key third leg of the gold medal-winning 800 free relay.

McLaughlin ended up finishing sixth in the 200 fly, clocking a personal-best time of 2:06.95 but left wanting more‒she led the entire race before falling apart on the final lap.

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