JUNIOR (2010-11): Katie Whitbeck continued to be a crucial member of the Razorback swim program as a junior during the 2010-11 season. She built on the success she had as a sophomore and broke her way into the second and third spots in the all-time record book for her efforts in the 100 butterfly at the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championships. Whitbeck tallied nine first-place finishes throughout the season and 18 top three places. The SEC Championships proved to be one of Whitbeck's best meets of the season as she collected NCAA 'B cut times in the 200 freestyle, as well as the 100 and 200 butterfly. Her season-best time of 54.61 in the 100 fly at the conference meet earned her the second spot in the Arkansas records. In the dual meets against Vanderbilt (Oct. 15) and South Carolina/Missouri (Nov. 5), Whitbeck finished first against the conference opponents in the 100 fly. Her best time in the 200 free was during the prelims of the conference meet when she clocked 1:48.47. She managed to clock the second-best time of the season in the 50 free with a leadoff time of 24 seconds when she paced the race against Houston (Jan. 21). Whitbeck helped 800 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams to take over the second and fourth best spots in Razorback history. She was also part of the 400 free relay team that successfully claimed the third spot in the Razorback record book.
SOPHOMORE (2009-10): Whitbeck built on the success of her freshman season and continued to be a critical piece to the Razorbacks success as a sophomore. Whitbeck finished the season with 16 top-four finishes including wins in the 500 free and 200 fly against Vanderbilt and in the 100 fly against Kentucky and the University of the Cumberlands and Florida and Kansas. Whitbeck placed and scored in the 200 free, 100 and 200 fly at the 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. Her time of 54.33 in the 100 fly at the championships set a new Arkansas school record for the event. Whitbeck was a member of the record-setting 400-medley relay team along with the 400-freestyle relay team, which tied the school record. The Razorbacks' 800-freestyle relay team that posted the second-fastest time in school history at the 2010 championships. She also swam three of the five fastest times in school history in the 200 free. In the classroom, Whitbeck was named to the 2009-10 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
FRESHMAN (2008-09): Whitbeck had a solid freshman year with Arkansas with nine top-4 finishes, including five second-place finishes. Her best performance was a second place finish in the 200 free against No. 14 SMU. Whitbeck was also part of the record-setting 800 free and 400-medley relay teams. Whitbeck was named to the Athletic Director's list.
AT BISHOP MCGUINSESS: Whitbeck broke every school swim record with the exception of the 100 breast while in high school. As a sophomore, Whitbeck finished first in the 100 free at state championships and first in the 100 fly her junior year. During her freshman through junior seasons, she placed first in the 200 free at state championships.
PERSONAL: Katherine Ann Whitbeck is the daughter of Craig and Ann Whitbeck and was born on Feb. 5, 1990, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She participated in cross country and track at Bishop McGuinness. Whitbeck helped her cross country team to a state championship four years in a row. Whitbeck hopes to find a job in engineering or attend medical school after graduating.