Aloha's Kaitlyn Dobler wins Prep Girl Swimmer of the Year
Aloha's best is once again Oregon's best.
Kaitlyn Dobler, a senior at Aloha High School, was named Prep Girls Swimmer of the Year for the third straight time at the Oregon Sports Awards.
Dobler, who also won the award last year, joins former prep swimming stars Jamie Stone (Centennial, 2016-17) and Ellie Thornbrue (Century, 2014-15) as previous repeat winners.
Dobler won the award over finalists Lizzy Cook (Catlin Gabel) and Lily Gardner (Sunset). Sport Oregon and NBC Sports Northwest presented Dobler with her award on "The Noe Show" with Brian Noe on Wednesday, May 20.
Future single sport prep award announcements can also be heard live on KJOR Rip City Radio 620 through July 31.
Sport Oregon, which manages the Oregon Sports Awards, and NBC Sports Northwest have partnered to reveal the 2019-20 winners on live television throughout July.
Dobler is arguably the most talented prep swimmer the state of Oregon has produced in recent memory and one who also competes on the international stage.
She recently qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Aloha head coach Lisa Leslie said she expects Dobler, who will swim at the University of Southern California in 2020, to advance to the semifinals in the breaststroke.
Dobler is ranked No. 1 in the country for 16-year-olds in the 100 breaststroke, according to USA Swimming, and took seventh for Team USA in the event at the FINA World Championships in 2018. She is the current Junior National Champion in the 100 breaststroke and made IRONMAN Official's top-25 list of the best 18-year-old athletes in the world earlier this year.
Dobler was also tops in the 50 freestyle and 200 breaststroke for her age earlier in 2019 as well. She is ranked as the top overall swimming prospect in Oregon and No. 17 nationally by CollegeSwimming.com.
Leslie said seeing Dobler compete for Team USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is a stretch, but thinks she'll shine at the 2024 games in Paris.
Dobler balances swimming for Aloha and on the club scene. She blazed to individual titles in the 50-yard freestyle (22.58 seconds) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.98) at the Class 6A state championships in February. Dobler had the most NICSA power points (327) of any girls swimmer at the meet.
Earlier, she won six events at the Speedo Champions Series in July 2018 at Mt. Hood Community College. In March, Dobler captured the 100-yard breaststroke title in 1:00.17 at the Speedo Champions Series and advanced to the finals in the 50-yard freestyle (2nd, 22.51 seconds), 100-yard butterfly (fourth, 53.86 seconds) and 100-yard freestyle (sixth, 49.82 seconds) at the meet.
Dobler is also engaged in the classroom and in volunteerism. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average, is an officer for Aloha's National Honor Society and a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. Dobler allocates much of her community service toward Oregon Food Bank, Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Aloha Junior Swim.
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