Gregori High graduate Katelin Britton was the Modesto Metro Conference champion in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles and finished in the top eight in those events at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet. She’s been named The Bee’s 2014 Stanislaus District Girls Swimmer of the Year.
IN THE POOL: Britton, admittedly, had been in a slump the past year. But winning the 100 and 200 freestyles in the MMC and setting a personal record in the 200 (1:53.11) with a seventh-place finish at the section meet has her feeling good in the water once more.
“I was definitely in a slump and I don’t think I’m fully out of it,” said Britton, who puts in about 16 hours per week in the pool during the school year, with another three hours of dry-land training. “I felt like I had lost my technique and was becoming frustrated with my times not increasing.
“I feel like my strokes are coming together again. I got a nice boost of confidence (from winning league) to start college.”
During the MMC season, Britton also competed in the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay, where she swam the butterfly leg.
OUT OF THE POOL: Britton has a lot of other interests besides swimming.
“I love baking,” she said. “Sometimes I think it’s probably why I swim.”
Britton decided to eliminate gluten from her diet and bakes gluten-free cookies, brownies and bars, or as she describes it, “stuff that’s healthy but tastes good.”
She also likes running – “leisurely runs … when I want to” – and spending time with father Chris, mother Michele and siblings Christian and Andrew.
WHAT’S AHEAD: Britton will swim for Fresno State next year and plans to study either kinesiology or ag science/nutrition, with a design to become a food safety auditor.
QUOTABLE: “From the first time I met I her, just because of her maturity level, her vocabulary, the way she carried herself, without ever seeing her in the water, I knew that she was something special,” said Gregori coach Brandon Hamilton. “She never missed an opportunity to help out any swimmer, whenever they asked. She’s the opposite of a prima donna.”
– Joe Cortez