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.”
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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.”