LSU swimmer Matthew Klotz has broken the Deaf Swimming World Record in his 2nd event of the weekend. Racing on Saturday at the Louisiana state meet, the 23-year old LSU rising senior first swam a 55.90 in the 100 back in prelims, and then a 55.78 in finals.
Both swims undercut his own previous World Record of 56.06 that was swum more than 3 years ago on June 18th, 2016.
Klotz is a 5-time Deaflympics gold medalist and also holds long course World records in the 50 back (25.95), 100 back (56.06), and 200 back (2:01.96). This swim also put him under the US Olympic Trials standard in the 50 free for the first time in the qualifying period. Klotz has been exploring the possibility of trying to qualify for the Hungarian team for the 2020 Olympic Games. He has not yet hit the Olympic “B” standard in any events, however, and his 100 back from Saturday would rank him 8th among Hungarians so far this season.