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Penn State places eighth at Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships
McHugh sets school record to earn first medal
|200 Free||1:48.05||12/6/14||Georgia Fall Invite|
|500 Free||4:40.72*||2/19/15||B1G Championships|
|1000 Free||9:56.86^||11/9/13||B1G Championships|
|1650 Free||16:19.55||2/20/16||Big Ten Championships|
|100 Fly||54.55||12/5/15||Georgia Fall Invite|
|200 Fly||1:56.57||2/22/14||Big Ten Championships|
|400 IM||4:35.05||11/9/13||Virginia/Texas Tri|
* Penn State school record
^ Leadoff split
2015-16 (Junior Year)
Competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400m free (4:21.32, 79th), 200 fly (2:19.06, 89th) and 800 free (9:02.54, 74th) ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the in the 500 and 1650 freestyles and the 200 butterfly, placing 43rd in the fly in 1:59.53 … Swam season-bests in the three events at the Big Ten Championships, ranking in the top two on the team for the season … Tied with teammate Casey Francis in the 500 free at 4:42.06, completed the mile in a personal best 16:19.56 and the 200 fly in 1:57.57 … Touched first in the 1000 free (10:17.65) at Emory (10/3) … Won the 1000 free in 9:58.37 against Virginia Tech (10/16) … Claimed the 200 butterfly (2:00.45) and 500 freestyle (4:52.89) against Rutgers and Yale (1/15-16) … Won the same events against Villanova (2/6) taking gold in the 200 butterfly in 2:00.56 and the 500 freestyle in 4:53.65.
2014-15 (Sophomore Year)
Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 500 and 1650 freestyles and the 200 butterfly, placing 50th in the 200 fly in 2:00.85 ... Set a new school record in the 500 free preliminaries at the Big Ten Championships (2/19) of 4:40.72, ultimately placing seventh in the finals (4:43.24) ... Season-best time of 16:23.71 in the mile at the Big Ten Championships (2/21) ranked third on the team for the season, as did her career-best 1,000-yard split of 9:56.54 ... Placed eighth in the 200 fly at Big Tens (2/21) in a career best 1:56.57 ... Won the 200 fly against Rutgers in 1:59.86.
2013-14 (Freshman Year)
Competed in the 500 free, 1,650 free, the 200 fly and the 800 free relay at the NCAA Championships ... Named a first team CSCAA Scholar All-American ... Finished with the second-best individual top time in the 200-yard butterfly ... Helped the 800 free relay team to honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships (3/21), taking 14th place with a time of 7:07.12 ... Touched the wall in 16:22.50 in the 1,650 free at the NCAA Championships (3/21), a personal-best ... Posted another career-best at the NCAA Championships (3/20) in the 500 free with a time of 4:42.87 ... Posted a personal-best time of 1:56.57 in the 200 fly at the Big Ten Championships (2/22) ... Took first place in the 200 fly at the Villanova Dual (1/17) with a time of 2:02.35.
Swam for Annapolis Area Christian School and head coach Scott Ward this season ... Competed for the Eagle Swim Team prior to AACS adding the program in 2012 ... Qualified for three events at the US Olympic Trials ... Earned spots on the Junior National, National and World Championship rosters during her career.
Full name is Katelyn Elizabeth Sowinski ...Born in Meridian, Mississippi on March 2, 1995 ... Parents are Jeff and Jennifer Sowinski ... Has two brothers, Andrew and Matthew ... Leader of Penn State Christian Athletes ... Went on a missions trip to Haiti ... Works with Special Olympics in the summer ... Enjoys reading and spending time outside ... Aspires to be a nurse practitioner ... Fan of the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills.