Austin Katz was one of the top high school swimmers in the country at his time. He swam for the Sarasota YMCA Sharks, and was a multi-time YMCA National champion. From April 2015 to April 2016 he dropped his 100 back from 48.28 to 47.23 and his 200 from 1:43.70 to 1:41.48. As a No.6 recruit in the Class of 2017, Katz committed to swim for the Texas Longhorns.
As a freshman in college, Katz was a part of four winning relays at the Big 12 Championships. He won both of the backstroke events and broke the Championship Record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:39.10. At the NCAA Championships, Katz scored 35 points and helped Texas win its fourth consecutive team title. He placed fourth in the 100 backstroke breaking the 45 second mark by 0.01 seconds. On the last day of the meet, Katz won his first NCAA Championship title in the 200 backstroke in front of his team mate John Shebat. Katz entered the final with the fourth fastest time but he managed to drop 1.31 seconds and take the title in 1:37.53.
2016 Olympic Trials
At the 2016 Olympic Trials, after finishing up his Jr year of high school, Austin Katz was one of the top male high school performers at the meet. In the 100 backstroke, he swam a lifetime best (55.41) in the prelims to qualify for the semi-finals. In the semis, he almost equaled his performance (55.43) to wind up 15th. In the 200 backstroke, he made it all the way to the final heat, and ended up placing 5th overall (1:57.20) even after being 8th at the 100 and 7th at the 150.
At the 2017 Nationals, Katz furthered his career by placing 5th in the 200 backstroke (1:57.60) final again, just missing his best time, but qualifying him for the upcoming World University Games later that summer. He also finished 2nd in the B final in the 100 backstroke (55.57) after flipping 8th at the 50 wall.
2017 Universaide (World University Games)
At the 2017 WUG’s, Katz earned his first senior international medal in the 200 backstroke, touching in a new best of 1:56.70 to finish 2nd. He also earned another silver as a prelims swimmer on the 800 free relay.
2018 U.S. Nationals
Katz finished third in the 200 backstroke (1:56.12) and sixth in the 100 backstroke (54.06), both personal bests, at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships. His 3rd place finish put him on the Pan Pac Championships team, his first ever USA “A” team.
2018 Pan Pacific Championships
After swimming prelims of the 200 free (1:48.44) on day 1 and the 100 back (54.17) on day 2, Katz saved the best for last. He finished off his pan pacs performance with a bronze in the men’s 200 back, touching for third in a time of 1:56.00, just off of his prelims performance of 1:55.69.