DAVIS, Calif. -- A busy summer for UC Davis junior-to-be swimmer Solie Laughlin culminated in a trip to the U.S. Open Swimming Championships, competing in four events at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow, N.Y.
Laughlin, who represented the Aggies at the 2017 NCAA Championships in three events to cap her sophomore season, swam both the 100 and 200 back, as well as the 200 and 400 IM in a four-day span in New York for her Buenaventura Swim Club, posting her best finish with a 10th-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:48.52 in the finals -- almost five seconds faster than her prelim time.
She opened her stay with a 12th-place finish in the finals of the 200 back with a time of 2:12.29, five-tenths of a second faster than her time that placed her 10th in the prelims. After her finish in the 400 IM, She posted top times in the prelims of the 100 back (1:03.47) and prelims of the 200 IM (2:20.53), eventually finishing 24th and 26th in the finals, respectively.
The Ventura, Calif., native was the first UC Davis swimmer to compete in three events at the NCAA Championships since Heidi Kucera competed in the 200 IM, 100 breast, and 200 breast, back in 2009. Laughlin successfully defended her Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in the 400 IM, 100 back, and 200 back, at last year's championship meet, setting 13 "B" standards overall and earning a total of five All-MPSF awards.
2017 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aug. 2-6, 2017
East Meadow, N.Y. (Nassau County Aquatic Center)
WOMEN'S 200 BACK -- 1. Matea Samardzic (Scarlet Aquatics), 2:08.77; 12. Solie Laughlin (Buenaventura Swim Club), 2:12.29… PRELIMS: 1. Kylie Stewart (Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 2:09.68; 10. Solie Laughlin (Buenaventura Swim Club), 2:12.74.
WOMEN'S 400 IM -- 1. Sharli Brady (Missouri), 4:42.70; 10. Solie Laughlin (Buenaventura Swim Club), 4:48.52… PRELIMS: 1. Fantine LeSaffre (France), 4:44.55; t15. Solie Laughlin (Buenaventura Swim Club), 4:53.30.
WOMEN'S 100 BACK -- 1. Elise Haan (Wolfpack Elite), 1:00.59… 24. Solie Laughlin (Buenaventura Swim Club), 1:04.05… PRELIMS: 1. Kylie Stewart (Athens Bulldog Swim Club), 1:00.74; 26. Solie Laughlin (Buenaventura Swim Club), 1:03.47.
WOMEN'S 200 IM -- 1. Meaghan Raab (Nashville Aquatics), 2:12.56… PRELIMS: 1. Margaret Aroesty (Long Island Aquatic Club), 2:15.11; 26. Solie Laughlin (Buenaventura Swim Club), 2:20.53.