Katharine Berkoff on WUGs 100 Back Record, Italy as Host (Video)

2019 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES/SUMMER UNIVERSIADE – SWIMMING

Reported by Eamonn Keenan.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINALS

  1. Katharine Berkoff (USA), 59.29
  2. Elise Haan (USA), 59.62
  3. Silvia Scalia (ITA), 1:00.43

NC State’s Elise Haan was out ahead of her teammate and the newly-minted meet record holder Katharine Berkoff, and looked solid heading through the turn. Berkoff had a massive underwater, however, that propelled herself to the lead merely after surfacing.

Berkoff never looked back after the turn, eventually crashing into the wall in another personal best time of 59.29, lowering the meet record down from her 59.57 from the preliminary heats. Haan also recorded a lifetime best of 59.62 for the runner-up spot, completing the American 1-2. The Napoli crowd roared for Silvia Scalia, the Italian national that finished third with a 1:00.43 final time.

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RECOVERINGSWIMCOACH

Katharine Berkoff is not yet a university ‘student’, thus a ‘student athlete’. Why then, is she competing in the WUG’s?

World University Games is for those who were enrolled in a college program for the 2018-2019 school year, or those who are enrolled/enrolling for 2019-2020. Berkoff and a few others are the latter.

Snarky

Bitter much? BTW, she won in record time.

Snarky you are in some kind of a mood this week, aren’t you?

Snarky

Feeling good this week! 😘

marklewis

She’ll likely be in the final of the100 back at the 2020 Olympic Trials. The competition will be fierce, but if you have a lane, you got a shot at making the team.

Sparky

She’s gonna break the world record-time of 58.00 at Trials with a 57.89!

Call it.

Bradley

hi katharine i love you

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