Austin Katz Dips Under 1:40 in 200 Back at Minnesota Invite Day 4 Prelims


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The final session of prelims at the 2019 Minnesota Invitational concluded earlier today, with the session highlighted by Texas junior Austin Katz taking the top time of 1:39.15 in the 200 back. That time ranks second in the nation this year, behind only Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas (1:38.21). Additionally, it makes him just the third man under 1:40 this season after Casas and NC State’s Coleman Stewart (1:39.98).

The Longhorns went 1-2-3-4 this morning in the event, with Ryan Harty taking second (1:40.47) followed by Josh Artmann (1:41.06) and freshman Ethan Harder (1:41.55). Harty is now fourth in the nation; so far, nobody else besides Casas, Katz, Stewart, and himself have broken 1:41. Harder, meanwhile, took a few tenths off of his old best.

A fantastic battle for the 200 breast win is brewing after three men went 1:52’s this morning. Minnesota sophomore Max McHugh leads the way at 1:52.07, with Cal sophomore Reece Whitley and Texas freshman Caspar Corbeau not far back at 1:52.79 and 1:52.83, respectively. For Corbeau, that’s a huge best time, taking a chunk out of his old best of 1:54.56.

Abbey Weitzeil of Cal led the 100 free prelims on the women’s side, coasting to a 47.12. Nobody was close; second this morning was her teammate Robin Neumann and Michigan’s Daria Pyshnenko. They tied at 48.51, with Texas’s Claire Adams (48.70) and Iowa’s Hannah Burvill (48.96) also getting under 49. Weitzeil will be chasing Erika Brown of Tennessee tonight, who went 46.15 at the Tennessee Invite and leads the nation.

Longhorn freshman Kelly Pash shot out to a lifetime best and prelims-leading time of 1:55.41 in the 200 fly. Pash came to college with a best of 1:57.15; she went 1:56.82 in an October dual meet and then 1:55.67 in a November dual meet before now bringing it down a couple tenths more. Michigan’s Vanessa Krause posted a 1:56.04 for second.


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3 years ago

2 Back will be fun to watch at NCAAs. Katz Will probably have the #1 spot going into March and is the favorite to win it. However, come March Casas could give him a challenge similar to this past Summer if he manages his schedule well enough.

Wanna Sprite?
Reply to  Spectator
3 years ago

And then Katz and Casas can battle for the second spot at trials

3 years ago

Someone check Sam’s suit for an extra logo.

Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

Yea, logos are mechanical doping;)

Reply to  Horninco
3 years ago

Dave Durden already did

Reply to  Dbswims
3 years ago

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Reply to  Dbswims
3 years ago

Durden with a lack of class as always. Sore loser?

Reply to  ISpeakTheTruth
3 years ago

He probably learned it from Eddie, who reported the winner of the B final at NCAAs in 2013 or 2014 for the exact same violation and had him disqualified. (Except that only Texas swimmers seem to think Dave actually did this – other commenters have said that they’re on deck and that Dave was nowhere near the official who called it).

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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