Austin Katz Captures 200 Back National Title After Slipping Off Start (Video)

2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINAL

  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol (United States), 1:51.92, 2009
  • American Record: Aaron Peirsol, 1:51.92, 2009
  • Championship Record: Aaron Peirsol (United States), 1:53.08, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (United States), 1:53.08, 2009
  • Olympic Trials Cut: 2:02.99

TOP 3

  1. GOLD: Austin Katz (TXLA), 1:55.72
  2. SILVER: Shaine Casas (AGS), 1:55.79
  3. BRONZE: Clark Beach (QSTS), 1:57.14

Austin Katz appeared to slip on the start, but still led by the halfway point. Shaine Casas then took over the lead on the 3rd 50, but Katz bounced back again to edge him out at the touch. Katz won in 1:55.72, while Casas was hundredths behind in 1:55.79. That was Casas’ first time under 1:57 and nearly a best time for Katz. They’re now ranked #2 and #3 among Americans this year, however, Katz’s season best is a 1:55.57 from WUGs.

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Swimnerd

It’s over for Pebs in the 2

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