Katharine Berkoff Talks Learning From Mistakes & Post Race Celebrations


  • November 30-December 3, 2022
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Start Times:
    • Prelims: 9 AM (ET)
    • Finals: 6PM (ET)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Live Results



  • World Record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown, AUS (2021)
  • American Record: 57.57 – Regan Smith (2019)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 58.63 – Phoebe Bacon, USA (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 57.76 – Regan Smith, USA (2022)
  • 2024 Olympic Trials Cut: 1:01.89


  1. Regan Smith (SUN) – 57.95 CR
  2. Katharine Berkoff (NCS) – 59.87
  3. Josephine Fuller (TENN) – 1:00.00

At the 2022 U.S. Open Championships Katharine Berkoff edged under a minute in the 100m backstroke, touching in 59.87.  She was second to Regan Smith who touched in 57.95.

Berkoff unpacks her swim, then explains her mistakes, according to other swimmers’ feedback, joking that she needs to work on her post race celebrations.

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1 month ago

I consider SwimSwam the top swimming news source in the world, and the person conducting this interview is why it is hard to get newcomers to take the sport seriously. Zero professionalism, especially compared to major sports interviews conducted all the time….

Reply to  Maverick
1 month ago

Hi Maverick,

These interviews are done in a scrum. The person asking the questions is not a member of our staff (which is why Katharine is looking away from our camera when answering them). Jack Spitser was conducting interviews for us, and that is not him.

Reply to  Maverick
1 month ago

Lines of questioning like this happen all the time at press conferences for major sports, but unless you’re a real diehard you don’t watch those press conferences in most sports.

Sounds to me like maybe a little inside joke between the interviewer and the interviewee or something. I don’t mind it, shows her personality.

Reply to  Maverick
1 month ago

I thought the interview was fun. Berkoff seemed to not be feeling well and sounded super congested. Yet she makes no excuses and actually tells everyone her finals swim was actually a technical mess but hey I had a good back half. Lol. I wasn’t mad at the interview at all.

Dr Deluxe
Reply to  Maverick
1 month ago

Geez Maverick, please lighten up a little. This was a fun , sincere and refreshing look at what this young talent is feeling . Her down -home take on how she celebrates and who she consulted for a better post-race “ end zone “ dance was humorous. This is a swimming meet and NOT Meet the Press!

K chilly
1 month ago

Can we get a practice and pancakes of this NCAA post race celebration practice? I think we need to dive deeper into the subtle cannonball mention

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