Matthew Klotz of the Sierra Marlins has broken his second Deaf Swimming World Record of the week at the 2014 U.S. Junior Nationals.
The latest mark came in prelims of the boys’ 100 meter long course backstroke, where Klotz swam a 57.88 for 22nd place overall. That will be enough for him to get a swim in the C-Final, unlike the 200 record earlier in the meet which wasn’t in the top 24.
The 18-year old Klotz is hungry for more, too.
Klotz split a 27.69 going out, which is comparable to those times at the bottom end of the A-Final. Coming home, however, he hit a lane rope which cost him a lot of his closing speed. He was the highest finisher in prelims to split slower than 30 seconds on the second 50 meters.
“It was a great first 50,” the Deaflympics Champion said. “I am looking forward to coming back tonight and staying away from the lane line that last lap.”
The old record of 58.31 was done in June of this year at the Santa Clara Grand Prix, and this is his 4th time breaking the record in the last year.