John Shebat on 1st NCAA Title in Last NCAA Race: “Surreal” (Video)


Reported by Jared Anderson.


  • NCAA Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 1:35.73
  • American Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 1:35.73
  • U.S. Open Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 1:35.73
  • Meet Record: Ryan Murphy, Cal (2016) – 1:35.73
  • 2018 Champion: Austin Katz, Texas – 1:37.53

Top 8 Finishers:

  1. John Shebat, Texas – 1:36.42
  2. Austin Katz, Texas – 1:36.45
  3. Bryce Mefford, Cal – 1:38.65
  4. Coleman Stewart, NC State – 1:38.81
  5. Daniel Carr, Cal – 1:39.33
  6. Clark Beach, Florida – 1:39.68
  7. Kane Follows, Hawaii – 1:40.14
  8. Zachary Poti, Arizona State – 1:40.38

Texas’s John Shebat blasted a huge front half to lead the 200 back field, hurting near the end but hanging on and holding off teammate and defending champ Austin Katz by a hair at the wall. Shebat was 1:36.42 and Katz 1:36.45 – they move to #2 and #3 all-time in the event, passing up Ryan Lochte. Only Lochte, Ryan Murphy and the Longhorn duo have been sub-1:37.

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Swim Addict

I want to hear about these long course time trials


Two class acts who love their team and sport.

Joel Lin

Really cool to see Shebat break through to get an individual title in his last event. It wouldn’t diminish one bit what a great college swimmer & fantastic relay guy he’s been for Texas if he hadn’t, but this was nice to see happen.


Conger did the same thing

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