Katharine Berkoff Gives Thoughts on Swimming Backstroke in a Football Stadium

2024 TYR PRO SWIM SERIES – SAN ANTONIO

NCAA Champion Katharine Berkoff reflects on her last NCAA Championships last month, her swims at the San Antonio Pro Swim, and what it will be like to swim backstroke at a football stadium at the 2024 US Olympic Trials.

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Ranger Coach
1 month ago

I too was not good a swimming backstroke outside. I always looked like a pinball doing back outside. Berkoff brings up a very good point with the jumbotron. I also wonder if swimmers can see the jumbotron while swimming.

ZThomas
1 month ago

Other than for Backstroke that pool is unbelievably great. Especially in April when it’s hot in the sun and cool in the shade (76 degree diving well excluded!)

gitech
1 month ago

I love Kylie Masse, but Katharine is more likely to make 57, it could practically be that I need it to make the team (curzan could be in 58.1). After Kaylee and Regan, she is the other woman I see this year lower than 58, Masse is not ruled out, for me after Berkoff she would be the next option, but I still don’t think so, Masse will be around a low 58 (58.0-58.5).

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

In a related topic, the USA Swimming Olympic Team Trials commence in two months (June 15, 2024). Tempus Fugit!

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

I am cheering for Katharine Berkoff in the W 100 BK at the 2024 USA Swimming Olympic Team Trials. Nothing personal against Claire Curzan.

Blastoff!

Sacre Bleu!
Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 month ago

Co-signed

Batting .300 in Swamming
1 month ago

Or always add a prefix of “WATCH:”

Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

i like how candid she is. I hope she does well at trials.

Jonathan
1 month ago

Do we think we’ll see anyone besides McKeown, Smith, or Masse dip under 58 seconds this summer?

Go Bucky
Reply to  Jonathan
1 month ago

I think Berkoff has a better chance than Masse.

Aragon Son of Arathorne
Reply to  Go Bucky
1 month ago

disagree- Masse is a beast and very experienced in the long pool compared to berkoff.

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Isn’t Berkoff’s best lcm time 58.00? I’d say she’s got a pretty good shot of breaking 58.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
1 month ago
Sacre Bleu!
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Berkoff is younger, she swam 58.0 last year and is still improving.

Let’s see if Masse can return to 57 because the last time she did it was 3 years ago.

Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

Kylie Masse has only posted sub 58 performances thrice in the W 100 BK (19 Jun 2021 thru 01 Aug 2021). That was three years ago.

https://www.worldaquatics.com/swimming/rankings?gender=F&distance=100&stroke=BACKSTROKE&poolConfiguration=LCM&year=all&startDate=&endDate=&timesMode=ALL_TIMES&regionId=all&countryId=

phelpsfan
Reply to  Aragon Son of Arathorne
1 month ago

While I do agree with you on disagreeing that Berkoff has a better chance at breaking 58 than Masse, your reasoning isn’t very convincing. I trust Masse more to perform at the Olympics with all of her medals which is why I think she’s more likely to be sub 58.

Aragon Son of Arathorne
Reply to  Jonathan
1 month ago

yea- berkoff if she can execute.

Ranger Coach
Reply to  Jonathan
1 month ago

I think Curzan could.

swimgeek
Reply to  Jonathan
1 month ago

Yes. I think Berkoff can drop at least 0.01!

MarkB
Reply to  swimgeek
1 month ago

Needs to drop 0.02!

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