Position
Freestyle/backstroke
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Loxley, Ala.
High School
Daphne HS

LSU Record Holder in 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays and 200 and 400 Medley Relays
2009 NCAA First-team All-American (200 Medley Relay)
2009 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (200 and 400 Freestyle Relays)
2008 U.S. Olympic Trials Participant
2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2007 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (200 and 400 Freestyle Relays)
2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2006 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American (200 Freestyle Relay)
2006 U.S. Spring National Championships Participant

CAREER
Leaves LSU as one of the top swimmers to come through the women’s program in the past decade … A 2009 NCAA First-team All-American and a five-time honorable mention All-American during her career … Played pivotal roles on four school record-setting relay squads … Also holds LSU top-10 times in four events … Ranks second all-time in the 50-yard freestyle … Previously held the school record in that event for nearly two years … Also ranks third in the 100 free, fourth in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 100 backstroke … Held the team’s fastest times in the 50 free and 100 fly in both her sophomore and junior seasons … One of two former Lady Tigers to compete at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09)
Completed a stellar career as a six-time All-American and four-time LSU record-holder … Helped the Lady Tigers earn their highest finish at the NCAA Championships (16th) in eight years … Earned three All-America honors in relay competition, including First-team All-America recognition in the 200-yard medley relay … Swam the butterfly leg on that relay, which captured fifth overall with a school-record time of 1:36.88 … Also played pivotal roles on three other record-breaking relay teams at NCAA’s … Helped the 400 freestyle relay squad emerge victorious in the consolation final with a LSU-record time of 3:15.56 … Part of the Lady Tigers’ record-shattering 200 freestyle relay foursome (1:29.09), which placed 10th overall … Swam the butterfly leg of the record-setting 400 medley relay team (3:38.09) … Also competed in three individual races at the national meet … Set a personal best in the 50 free with a time of 22.57 to finish 33rd … Registered personal bests and LSU top-five marks in the 100 fly (53.58) and 100 free (49.74) as well … Posted a 15th-place finish in the 100 fly at the SEC Championships with a time of 54.12 … Also placed in the top-20 in the short-distance freestyle events and swam on three top-five relay squads at SEC’s … Secured 10th-place in the 100 free (49.86) at Texas A&M’s Art Adamson Invitational … Placed 13th in the 100 fly (54.62) and helped the 200 medley relay ‘A’ squad seize runner-up honors at the same meet … Played a role on both of LSU’s pool record-breaking 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams at the LSU Invitational … Recorded a victory in the 100 fly in a win over Alabama … Also took the 100-fly title in a victory over Florida State.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08)
One of the elite swimmers on the team … Tied former Lady Tiger great, Lucy Findlay for the most school records (5) in program history … Added the 200 and 400 medley relay records to her collection this past season … Swam team-best times in the 50-yard freestyle (22.88) and 100-yard butterfly (54.86) … Won the consolation final of the 50 free at the SEC Championships with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 22.95 … Played a vital role on the record-shattering 200 medley relay squad (1:40.39) at the SEC’s … Emerged victorious in nine individual events and helped 15 relay squads capture titles during the year … Received SEC Swimmer of the Week honors for her stellar performance at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Tied teammate Katherine Noland for the top spot in the 50 free at that competition … Seized top honors in the 100 fly with a career-best mark of 54.86 in Atlanta, Ga. … Part of a record-breaking 400 medley relay squad at the same meet (3:43.58)… Claimed the top spot in the 50 free at the Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. … Recorded victories in the 50 free and 100 fly against both No. 20 Florida State and Notre Dame … Registered first-place finishes in both the 50 free and 100 fly in dual-meet victories against Alabama and Vanderbilt … Secured first-place in the 50 free versus Georgia … Participated in the 100-meter free at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials … Posted a time of 58.09 seconds in the race … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned her third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Arguably the most valuable swimmer on the squad who guided the team to its highest finish at the NCAA Championships since 2001 … Member of the Lady Tigers’ 200 and 400 freestyle relays that broke school records for the second straight year and earned honorable mention All-America honors at NCAA’s … Became one of four LSU swimmers to garner multiple All-America honors in relays since 1997 … 400 relay team swam a time of 3:17.92 in the prelims and placed fifth in the consolation final (13th overall) with a final clocking of 3:18.78 … 200 free relay team improved their school-record prelim mark with a time of 1:29.69 to win the consolation final and finish ninth overall … That time broke the old record by two seconds she helped set last season … Joined three other swimmers in becoming the first multiple 200 free relay All-Americans in school history … Finished 36th overall in the prelims of the 100 free at NCAA’s with the third-best time in school history (50.00) and was LSU’s highest scorer in the event … Also the Lady Tigers’ highest finisher in the 50 free with 19th place (22.67) … Helped the NCAA 200 medley relay team place 21st overall (1:43.05) … Became the first swimmer in school history to post a time in the 22-second range of the 50 free with a school-record clocking of 22.63 … Took 13th in the 100 free (50.48) and sixth in the 50 free (22.63) at the SEC Championships … Time in the 50 free shattered her own school record and gave her a lifetime-best finish … Originally broke the 50 free mark held by Colleen Bertirotti in a consolation final win at the Art Adamson Invitational (22.89) … Recorded the second-best 100 backstroke time in LSU history with an 11th-place finish at SEC’s (56.01) … Named LSU Athlete of the Week after winning five of six events she participated in versus Houston, Rice and UNO quad meet … Voted the team’s Most Outstanding Swimmer at the annual banquet … Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition … Earned her second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
One of the Lady Tigers’ top freestyle swimmers who was a valuable part of relays … Recipient of the team’s Most Improved Swimmer Award at the annual banquet … Etched her name into the school’s all-time top 10 in the 50 and 100 free … Participated in the 50-meter free and 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Spring National Championships … Owns the seventh-best clocking in school history in the 100 free (50.79) … Posted the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 50 free, swimming a mark of 23.39 at the NCAA Championships in a 52nd-place finish … Finished 63rd in the 100 free at NCAA’s (51.26) … Earned All-America honors in the 200 free relay at NCAA’s after helping the group finish 11th with a mark of 1:31.59 in the finals … Member of LSU’s 400 free record-setting relay team at NCAA’s along with Katherine Noland, Colleen Bertirotti and Heather Brand … Group placed 19th with a time of 3:22.31 … Part of 200 free relay team that set school record with a third-place finish at the SEC Championships (1:31.10) … Qualified for the consolation final of the 50 free at the SEC Championships with a prelim time of 23.45 and finished 12th overall with a final time of 23.62 … Placed 27th in the 100 fly at SEC’s (57.82) and 23rd in the 100 free (51.87) … Joined Noland, Brand and Sabrina Messmer to set an LSU Natatorium record in the 200 free relay (1:34.99) versus Tulane on Feb. 3 … Relay time broke Georgia’s old mark set in 1997… Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
A two-time state champion freestyle swimmer at Daphne High School … Earned four letters and All-America consideration … A four-time all-county selection and a Southeastern region finalist … The current Alabama state champion and state record holder in the 50 free … Member of team that placed fourth in state as a senior … Coached by Terry Smith … Was a club swimmer at Baldwin Mobile Aquatic Club … An honor student in the classroom.

PERSONAL
Born March 13, 1987 in Hampton, Va. … Parents are Tom Gilmore and Bea Clayton … Has one brother, Francis and one sister, Meghan … Majoring in history.

KATIE’S TOP TIMES
50 freestyle   :22.57   2009 NCAA Championships
100 freestyle   :49.74   2009 NCAA Championships
100 backstroke   :56.01   2007 SEC Championships
100 butterfly   :53.58  2009 NCAA Championships

 

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