American swimmer Matthew Klotz has broken, once again, his own Deaf World Record in the 100 meter backstroke.
Swimming at an age group meet in New Orleans, hosted by the Nu Wave Swim Club, Klotz swam a 57.11 while reportedly unshaved. That breaks his own Deaf World Record of 57.40 done more than a year ago at the 2015 College Station Sectionals in Texas
The swim also dips him just under the 57.19 required to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials that begin later in this month in Omaha, Nebraska. That will revive a four-year old controversy from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, where former USA Swimming National Team member Marcus Titus fought the starting signals that were put in place by USA Swimming for the 2012 trials.
As for Klotz, the swim is a triumphant return after a challenging freshman year at LSU. Health issues forced him to withdraw from school prior to the end of the academic year, but he’s now back training in Baton Rouge.
Klotz is the star of the U.S. Deaf swimming team, with a target of the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.