Griffin, Katz Take the 3-Way Swim Off to Qualify for 100 Back Semis


Carter Griffin and Austin Katz secured the last two spots in the men’s 100 back semis after a three-way tie for 15th this morning necessitated a swim off at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Mizzou’s Griffin, Sarasota YMCA’s Katz, and Club Wolverine’s Cameron Craig all swam 55.43 this morning in prelims.

In the swim off, Katz took an early lead with 27.10 at the wall, but Griffin snuck in ahead of him to finish the race exactly matching his 55.41 from this morning to win the race. Katz came in second in the swim off, also securing a semifinal spot, with 55.44.

Craig will not be advancing to finals. He finished third in the swim off with 55.75.

There was also a swim-off for the 18th-place second alternate spot. After tying for 18th in the heats with 55.63, Alabama’s Luke Kaliszak outswam Indiana’s Bob Glover 54.58 to 54.96 to take that alternate slot.

See the prelim results here, and the swim off results here.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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