Austin Katz & Drew Kibler Explain The Texas X Factor (Video)


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  1. Austin Katz (Texas) – 1:37.35
  2. Ryan Harty (Texas) – 1:40.06
  3. Daniel Carr (Cal) – 1:40.55

There was no denying Austin Katz here as he overtook the nation-leading position from Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas (1:38.21). His time was 1:37.45, coming home in a 24.9 on the final 50, which took out his own pool record and is exactly one second from his lifetime best of 1:36.45. His pool record was done at the 2018 NCAA Championships.

Ryan Harty improved on his morning swim with a 1:40.06, while Cal’s Daniel Carr moved up from prelims to break up the Texas dominance to placed third with a 1:40.55, while the Longhorns still finished 4-5-6 led by Jason Park (1:40.90).


  1. Daniel Krueger (Texas) – 41.45
  2. Drew Kibler (Texas) – 42.16
  3. Ryan Hoffer (Cal) – 42.42

Daniel Krueger was impossible to stop here, hitting a lifetime best of 41.45 to improve his nation-leading position. That swim moves him to the #16 performer in the event, all-time.

Krueger’s teammate Drew Kibler got to the wall for second, clocking a 42.16, with Cal taking third and fourth. Ryan Hoffer was there for third in 42.42 while Pawel Sendyk was 42.56 for fourth. Arizona’s Marin Ercegovic (42.56) and Cal’s Michael Jensen (42.98) were also able to break 43 seconds.

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3 years ago

The TEX-Factor

3 years ago

Dudes like Branden Vines are gonna win it for Texas

Reply to  AustinPoolBoy
3 years ago

Maybe next year. This year is Pomajevich, Neri, Larson’s turn to shine.

3 years ago

The catchphrase “Keep Austin Weird” just went to a whole new level! Looking forward to seeing this on their NCAA shirts!

3 years ago

Does anyone know who led off the Texas B 400 Free Relay in 42.9? Names aren’t listed in the results.

P.S. I count 21 Texas swimmers who bettered last year’s NCAA invite times. With four divers, that means 16 available tickets to the NCAAs. Whoa!

Reply to  FormerLonghorn
3 years ago

I got the same 21.

Reply to  FormerLonghorn
3 years ago

Bowman 42.96
Peter Larson 42.56
Huerta 43.17
Willenbring 42.37

Reply to  FormerLonghorn
3 years ago

Is it next year when EVERY Longhorn swimmer on the roster will quality for NCAAs? Need Sam and Tray to pick it up. So, Braden, for the next year, my prediction: Texas freshman will be top 5 on their own and every Texas swimmer will NCAA qualify. This year is already in the (longhorn) books.

3 years ago

Katz looks like someone that would feel comfortable raising bunch of cows and making cheese in Alps.

3 years ago

I have a sneaking suspicion that Ryan Harty takes part in or contributes to a lot of this “weirdness”

Reply to  harambe
3 years ago

Definitely seems like a strange guy

Reply to  harambe
3 years ago

I don’t know about strange… I was sitting close to Kris Kubik in one of recent meets and when Horns got our of the locker room, Harty’s was the name he called first from stands.

3 years ago

Something tells me Texas is going to be REALLY fast come March. The fight for the team crown with Cal is shaping up to be a nail-biter.

Reply to  Nostradamus
3 years ago

Agreed – so much so that it might not be a nail-biter

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