John Shebat is an NCAA champion from the University of Texas. The Virginia native swam for Nations Capitol Swim Club prior to his move to Texas.
University of Texas
Shebat made a big splash during his freshman season as a Longhorn. He became a NCAA Champion at his first appearance at the meet as a member of the 400 yard medley relay. Along with Will Licon, Joseph Schooling and Jack Conger, Shebat broke the NCAA and U.S. Open record in 3:00.68 to take the title. In the 200 yard medley relay he helped the Longhorns to a bronze medal with his lead off backstroke leg. Individually he placed 11th both the 100 and 200 yard backstroke.
In his sophomore year, Shebat made big improvements, coming away from the NCAA championships with two gold and two silver medals to help Texas claim the National Championship.
His golds came in the medley relays where he combined with Licon, Schooling and Conger inthe 400 and Licon, Schooling and Brett Ringgold in the 200 to break the NCAA and U.S. Open records.
His silver medals came in his individual events. In the 100 yard backstroke, Shebat finished behind Cal’s Ryan Murphy in 44.35. In the longer backstroke event, he again finished behind Murphy in 1:37.24.
2016 U.S. Olympic Trials
Shebat left his mark as one to watch in the 100 meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials. He went in to the meet seeded 18th but climbed higher through the ranks to make the final where he finished sixth in 54.20. He also swam the 200 meter IM finishing 20th and 100 meter butterfly finishing 31st.