2010-11 Highlights: Swam the team's third fastest times in the 100 and 200 fly events and the fifth-fastest time in the 200 IM ... shaved over a second off her career-best time in the 200 IM ... made the finals in the 200 meter fly at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, finishing 18th overall ... earned junior class team most inspirational award.
2009-10 Highlights: Team MVP ... All-Mountain West Conference in the 100 and 200 butterfly ... recorded the second-fastest time on the team in the 100 butterfly and third-fastest in the 200 fly ... also recorded the fifth-fastest time on the team in the 200 and 400 individual medley ... also swam the 100 and 200 free ... 100 fly time of 56.10 is the fourth-fastest in school history ... 200 fly time of 2:03.54 is the third-fastest in school history.
2008-09 Highlights: Recorded the second-fastest time on the team in the 200 butterfly and the fourth-fastest mark in the 100 fly ... time of 2:07.68 in the 200 fly ranks as the eighth-fastest in Academy history ... also competed in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in swimming for coach Jessica Estep ... swim team captain ... also swam for the Sierra Marlins club team, coached by Doug Reyes.
PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 26 ... daughter of Mike and Karen Ernst ... has one brother ... majoring in astronautics ... hobbies include reading and being outdoors ... favorite food is sushi ... favorite movies are Apollo 13 and Lord of the Rings ... biggest influence on her sports career has been her club coach, Doug Reyes, because "he always pushed us to be better not only in the pool, but as a person as well" ... noteworthy thing about her hometown is that it is home to Folsom Prison (made famous in a Johnny Cash song) ... if she could be on any reality TV show, it would be The Amazing Race ... favorite quote: "It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step into the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."
Getting to Know Katharine...
plans to become a test pilot or astronaut
person in history she'd like to meet is J.R.R. Tolkien
something not many people know about her is that she collects gnomes