Katie McLaughlin landed a major assignment Thursday at the FINA World Championships and came through golden in Kazan, Russia.
The Santa Margarita graduate and Mission Viejo Nadadores swimmer was selected to race on the U.S. women's 800-meter freestyle relay for finals and helped the Americans capture the gold medal.
McLaughlin raced third and split a time of 1 minute, 56.92 seconds to keep the Stars and Stripes in second place. Katie Ledecky (1:55.64) then anchored the U.S. team to the gold.
McLaughlin also joined forces with leadoff swimmer Missy Franklin (1:55.95) and Leah Smith (1:56.86) to outdistance Italy (7:48.41).
McLaughlin's challenge Thursday also included racing the 200 butterfly. She led the first three laps and finished sixth in a national age-group record and lifetime-best 2:06.95.
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Westminster 21, Orange 14 - 01:00 2nd QT - Completed
Mater Dei 26, St. John Bosco 21 - 07:00 4th QT - Completed
Troy 15, Fullerton 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Servite 42, Orange Lutheran 49 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Laguna Hills 41, Templeton 28 - 02:23 4th QT - Completed
Aliso Niguel 10, Capistrano Valley 43 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Trabuco Hills 0, Mission Viejo 68 - 07:28 4th QT - Completed
Yorba Linda 27, Foothill 9 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Los Alamitos 62, Fountain Valley 7 - 02:06 2nd QT - Completed
El Dorado 20, El Modena 34 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
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