For the first time in her swimming career, Katie Mann ventured into international waters.
While at the 2009 Paul Bergen International in Portland, she swamped some of the top young talents in the United States. Mann competed on behalf of the Prince George Barracudas and won the B-final in the 400-metre individual medley in a time of four minutes 51.84 seconds. She also placed seventh in the A-final of the 200m backstroke and fourth in the B-final of the 200m IM. Both her times – 2:18.81 and 2:20.22 – were new Barracudas club records.
Earlier in the year, Mann was on Team B.C. for the Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown and also swam at the age group nationals and senior national championships in Montreal.
Back in 2008, she attended the Canadian Olympic trials, also in Montreal. Mann had no problem handing the pressure and turned in her best performance up until that time in the 200m IM, a clocking of 2:30.05.