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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Los Alamitos 53, Marina 35 - 08:00 4th QT - Completed
St. John Bosco 0, Santa Margarita 1 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed
Newport Harbor 3, Los Alamitos 2 - 15:19 2nd Half - Completed
Santa Margarita 4, JSerra 1 - 00:00 2nd Half - Completed
Northwood 31, University 16 - 03:35 2nd QT - Completed
Westminster 75, Marina 55 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Newport Harbor 52, Marina 51 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Edison 2, Newport Harbor 22 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
Huntington Beach 21, Northwood 27 - 00:00 2nd QT - Completed
West Anchorage (Alaska) 29, Esperanza 75 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed
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