NCAA Champ Freshman Austin Katz Explains What Sets Texas Apart (Video)

Reported by Jared Anderson.


  • NCAA record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 1:35.73
  • American record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 1:35.73
  • U.S. Open record: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 2016, 1:35.73
  • 2017 NCAA Champion: Ryan Murphy (Cal), 1:36.75

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Austin Katz, Texas – 1:37.53
  2. John Shebat, Texas – 1:37.94
  3. Patrick Mulcare, USC – 1:38.43
  4. Bryce Mefford, Cal – 1:38.48
  5. Jonathan Roberts, Texas – 1:38.64
  6. Anton Loncar, Denver – 1:39.15
  7. Dean Farris, Harvard – 1:40.37
  8. Abrahm Devine, Stanford – 1:41.99

Texas teammates went 1-2 in the 200 back, with freshman Austin Katz closing hard to finish in 1:37.53. John Shebat was out fast but had to settle for 2nd place for the fourth-consecutive backstroke race after two runner-up finishes last year and a second place last night. Shebat was 1:37.94.

USC’s Patrick Mulcare jumped up to third in 1:38.43, and Cal’s Bryce Mefford jumped up two spots in 1:38.48. That means Cal added four points from seeds in this event after jumping up two from seeds in the mile.

Texas’s Jonathan Roberts fell to fifth, but Texas still hit their exact seeded points. In the B final, Ryan Harty held his spot as well.

Denver’s Anton Loncar was the last guy under 1:40 in the A final.

The B final went to Georgia’s Javier Acevedo, who was 1:39.06. Cal’s Daniel Carr moved up again, going 1:39.29 for 10th overall.

The 3-man final brought Texas up to first place at 360 points, but they’ll struggle more in the last two races. Cal is second in 335.5, with Indiana sitting at 327. IU’s Mohamed Samy fell to 15th in the B heat, losing two points from seed.

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Should be a short answer….. “What sets Texas apart?”
“Our diving”
Congrats to Cal and NC State for being top two SWIM teams

samuel huntington

Congrats to Texas for being the top swim and dive team. I was unaware this meet was to crown the top swim team.

Bay City Tex

And what trophy was handed out for that? Listing in the NCAA records? Texas is the 2018

Right Dude Here

And congrats to Oklahoma football for having the most offensive yards. Clearly that means they’re the best football team, even if it ignores part of the sport.


Perfect. I was going to make a comment about not counting breaststroke, but this is even better.

Steve Nolan

There are plenty of competitions that are swimming-only. There aren’t any football games decided by number of yards.


Exactly so go participate in one if your local sectional events!

running start to touch backstroke flags

Congrats, that wasn’t coherent at all


Offensive yards don’t necessarily end in points. Cal outswam everyone, which is proven by points they scored. Do they win a trophy for that? Nope. People are just pointing out Cal was the dominant swim team.

Tower Lighting Ceromony Tonight

Hopefully the obvious lack of class shown on in these comment sections is not a true representation of the Cal “Golden” Bears Nation. That being said, I can understand how frustrating it must be to have a case full of “First Loser” trophies. Hook’em


Real class is ignoring these sour grape comments. The only defense needed is that trophy.

not a hater

Hey that is a freshman who just won an individual title.. I think Texas did OK in the swim meet too.


Poor Cal fans…….. crying like an immature snowflake baby.

running start to touch backstroke flags

Pretty much. And why is SwimSwam interviewing a swimmer from Texas? They need to interview a diver from Texas. Diving won them the title. Fanboys be like…. what divers?! While Auston Katz himself admits the divers won it….

Cal won the swimming competition easily. So, interview Cal swimmer…Or create “DIveDove” and then interview divers when their swimming squads clearly win them the titles… Just as silly.


Maybe your just a Texas troll to get Texas riled up to restate the obvious again and again. Texas chooses to use part of their scholarships for diving. Cal doesn’t. It’s been gone over adnuseum. Duh! Got it.


Well said Austin. I’m so impressed with this freshman’s performance… getting the job done. Your fans have so much confidence in you all. We never doubted you for a moment. Just the beginning for NCAA individual and team champion Austin Katz!


hopefully they become more than yard champion winners, Texas athletes tend to falter when they come to long courses. aside from Haas, and maybe Conger too.i should include schooling too.

samuel huntington

four Texas swimmers won golds in Rio. that’s pretty good. Not to mention Berens, Hansen, Peirsol, etc….


im talking about the last four years…


Why the last 4 years? Eddie has been coaching since 1978!! And last olympics he sent Schooling, Conger, Haas, and Smith.

Swim Dawg

You really want people to start listing Texas Olympians and World Champions?

Sir Swimsalot

Eddie has sent a longhorn to the Olympics in every quad since 1976…


Dude YOU are SO right….Texas Longhorns totally suck at Long Course….oh wait… University of Texas Olympians: Men’s Swimming and Diving Carlos Arena, Mexico Men’s Swimming Atlanta 1996 — Ken Armstrong, Canada Men’s Diving Montreal 1976 — Moscow 1980 — Ricky Berens, USA Men’s Swimming Beijing 2008 1 Gold London 2012 1 Gold, 1 Silver Brad Bridgewater, USA Men’s Swimming Atlanta 1996 1 Gold David “Skippy” Browning, USA Men’s Diving Helsinki 1952 1 Gold Rick Carey, USA Men’s Swimming Moscow 1980 Boycott Los Angeles 1984 3 Gold Jack Conger, USA Men’s Swimming Rio 2016 1 Gold Ian Crocker, USA Men’s Swimming Sydney 2000 1 Gold Athens 2004 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze Beijing 2008 1 Gold Josh Davis, USA Men’s… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn

They’re good at making relays. Just sayin.


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