2010-11 (JUNIOR YEAR):
Participated in 13 events throughout her Junior year... Earned All-American Honors in the 200-Freestyle Relay...Competed at the NCAA Championships in 4 events and the Big Ten Championships in 5 events... Named Second Team All-Big Ten...Finished 61st in the Nation in the 50-Freestyle with a time of 23.48... Posted a season-best time of 23.01 in the prelims of the Big Ten Championships and finished in 15th Place, recording a time of 23.12... Claimed 21st Place at the Big Ten Championships in the 100-Freestyle, posting a time of 50.44... Placed 23rd at the Georgia Invite with a time of 51.19... Finished 25th Place in the Big Ten in the 200-Freestyle, recording a time of 1:49.28... Took 1st Place vs. St. Bonaventure in the 200-Freestyle, posting a time of 1:51.61... Combined with Sam Palser, Erin Thomas, and Paige Whitmire in the 200-Freestyle Relay to place 2nd in the Big Ten with a Penn State-record time of 1:26.64 and a 16th Place finish at the NCAA Championships with a time of 1:30.76... Combined with Sam Palser, Erin Thomas and Paige Whitmire in the 400-freestyle relay to place fourth in the Big Ten with a Penn State-record time of 3:17.44 and 17th place finish at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:18.33... Claimed four 1st-Place finishes in the 400-Freestyle Relay, winning against Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina... Placed 13th in the 800-Freestyle Relay at the Georgia Invite, recording a time of 7:32.88... Took 14th Place with a 400-Medley Relay time of 3:49.20 at the Georgia Invite.
2009-10 (SOPHOMORE YEAR): Media Guide Bio
Swam in three different events at the Big Ten Championships (2/17-20), setting a season best in each - 50 freestyle (23.59), 100 freestyle (51.34) and 200 freestyle (1:51.20) ... Strong at Ohio State (1/29-30), finishing third in the 200 (1:35.53) and 400 (3:28.98) freestyle relay, fifth in the 400 medley relay (3:53.50) and sixth in the 50 freestyle (24.16). Also swam the 100 freestyle (52.63) ... Busy at the Pittsburgh Quad Meet (1/15-16), taking part in the 50 freestyle (seventh, 24.02), 200 freestyle relay (first, 1:33.39), 400 freestyle relay (fourth, 3:30.06) and sixth in the 200 medley relay (1:47.32) ... Competed in numerous events at the prestigious Ohio State Invitational (12/4-5) - 50 freestyle (24.31), 100 freestyle (53.02), 200 freestyle (1:55.69), 400 freestyle relay (3:30.12), 800 freestyle relay (7:44.13) and 200 medley relay (1:47.65) ... Facing nationally-ranked Virginia in the first home meet, finished second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.95), fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:46.55) and 200 freestyle relay (1:35.76), fifth in the 400 medley relay (3:53.18), 10th in the 50 freestyle (24.34) and 12th in the 100 freestyle (52.98) ... Finished third and fourth, respectively in the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.37) and 200 medley relay (1:47.32) at Virginia Tech (10/31) ... Third-place finishes in the 400 freestyle relay (3:34.62) and 400 medley relay (3:54.22) came against West Virginia/Colgate (10/24). Also finished fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.45).
2008-09 (FRESHMAN YEAR): Jumped right in by swimming to a number of top five finishes in first collegiate season ... Season-best times in the 50 freestyle (23.88, preliminary), 100 freestyle (51.81, preliminary) and 200 freestyle (1:53.57, preliminary) came in the Big Ten Championships ... Against Ohio State, swam to two third-places, in the 50 freestyle (24.60) and 200 freestyle relay (1:37.19), while finishing fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:31.26) and fifth in the 400 medley relay (3:53.21) ... Was fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.76) while also swimming in the 100 freestyle (54.00) against Rutgers ... Facing Villanova/Pittsburgh/Maryland, finished second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.92), fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:34.02) and 400 medley relay (3:54.96), and eighth in the 100 freestyle (53.01) ... Had one of the best performances of her young career at the Ohio State Invitational, posting season best times in four events, the 200 (1:35.01) and 400 (3:28.77) freestyle relays and the 200 (1:45.73) and 400 (3:49.62) medley relays, coming in fourth, eighth, 10th and eighth, respectively ... In the meet featuring Virginia and Florida State, finished 10th in the 50 freestyle (24.62), 12th in the 100 freestyle (53.56), sixth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.12), fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.90) and sixth in the 200 medley relay (1:48.95) ... Swam in one race at Southern Methodist, finishing fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.71) ... Opened home career vs. Richmond by posting third-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.67) while also competing in the 100 freestyle ... First-career race came at West Virginia in the 50 freestyle (25.16).
HIGH SCHOOL: Swam for Radnor High School in Radnor, Pa. ... Won two relay state championships, taking the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 free relay in 2008 ... Was a state finalist once in the 500 free, twice in the 100 free and three times in the 200 free ... The Raiders were PIAA Class AA state runner-ups in 2008 ... Was the All-Delco Swimmer of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
PERSONAL: Full name is Katherine Elizabeth Pulos ... Born on Jan. 2, 1990 in Santa Monica, Calif. ... Daughter of Tracy and Mark, who both graduated from Penn State in 1983 and 1982, respectively ... Has one brother, Matt (19) ... Elementary education major.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "For the atmosphere and school pride. The spirit here is so awesome. I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else."
GETTING TO KNOW KATIE Nickname: KP Major & Why: Elementary Education - I love kids! Favorite Thing About Penn State: School spirit Favorite Thing About State College: The shops downtown Favorite Restaurant In State College: Waffle Shop Favorite Ice Cream At The Creamery: Bittersweet Mint Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Swimming: Football Favorite Athletic Memory At Penn State: Swimming at Big Ten Championships Favorite Class At Penn State: Ci (teaching experience) Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Musical Artist: Dave Matthews Band Favorite Movie: The Notebook Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy Favorite Website: sporcle.com Favorite Pro Teams: Philadelphia Eagles & Phillies Childhood Idol: My next door neighbor and first swim coach Hobbies: Coaching, scootering Magazine Cover I'd Like To Be On: Cosmo Most Prized Possession: My dog Places I'd Like To Visit: Hawaii & Paris If I Had $1Billion, I Would: Buy a car After Penn State, I Would Like To: Become a teacher and coach age-group swimming