John Shebat Closes Out Senior Year With NCAA Title in 200 Back, Austin Katz Second

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Texas senior John Shebat finally came out on top. After finishing second in the 100 and 200 the last two years, he finally broke through for his first individual NCAA title in the 200 back on Saturday night at the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. Shebat went out hard and swam a 1:36.42 as he held off sophomore teammate Austin Katz (1:36.45). Katz almost ran Shebat down as the two Longhorns went 1-2 in their home pool.

This is the second event in a row that the runner-up the last two seasons ended up breaking through for their first title. Michigan’s Felix Aubock was second in the 1650 in 2017 and 2018 and won his first NCAA title in the preceding event.

Shebat and Katz moved up to second and third all-time in the 200 back with their swims as Shebat was out under Ryan Murphy’s NCAA and American Record pace.

Cal’s Bryce Mefford (1:38.65) finished in third for the Golden Bears as Cal also had Daniel Carr (1:39.33) place fifth in the final.

NC State’s Coleman Stewart (1:38.81), who placed second twice on Friday night, placed fourth for the Wolfpack.

Florida’s Clark Beach (1:39.68), Hawaii’s Kane Follows (1:40.14) and Arizona State’s Zachary Poti (1:40.38) also swam in the A-Final.

Texas now has nine 200 back NCAA titles, the second most of any school. Shebat joins the likes of Rick Carey (1982-84), Doug Gjertsen (1987), Nate Dusing (2001), Aaron Peirsol (2003-04) and Katz (2018) as winners of the event for the Longhorns.

All-Time List:

  1. Ryan Murphy, Cal, 1:35.73 (2016)
  2. John Shebat, Texas, 1:36.42 (2019)
  3. Austin Katz, Texas, 1:36.45 (2019)
  4. Ryan Lochte, Florida, 1:36.81 (2006)
  5. Tyler Clary, Michigan, 1:37.58 (2009)
  6. Patrick Mulcare, USC, 1:37.80 (2017)
  7. Arkady Vyatchanin, NYAC, 1:37.87 (2013)
  8. Eugene Godsoe, Stanford, 1:38.21 (2012)
 Event 16  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: N 1:35.73  26-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
         Meet: M 1:35.73  26-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
     American: A 1:35.73  26-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
   U. S. Open: O 1:35.73  26-Mar-16 Ryan Murphy, California
         Pool: P 1:37.35            Ryan Murphy
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Shebat, John           SR Texas             1:37.97    1:36.42P  20  
    r:+0.68  22.06        46.03 (23.97)
        1:10.86 (24.83)     1:36.42 (25.56)
  2 Katz, Austin           SO Texas             1:37.72    1:36.45P  17  
    r:+0.69  22.53        46.69 (24.16)
        1:11.32 (24.63)     1:36.45 (25.13)
  3 Mefford, Bryce         SO California        1:38.95    1:38.65   16  
    r:+0.66  23.37        48.21 (24.84)
        1:13.38 (25.17)     1:38.65 (25.27)
  4 Stewart, Coleman       JR NC State          1:39.29    1:38.81   15  
    r:+0.70  23.09        47.84 (24.75)
        1:12.95 (25.11)     1:38.81 (25.86)
  5 Carr, Daniel           SO California        1:38.56    1:39.33   14  
    r:+0.58  23.29        48.18 (24.89)
        1:13.74 (25.56)     1:39.33 (25.59)
  6 Beach, Clark           SO Florida           1:39.37    1:39.68   13  
    r:+0.65  23.73        48.91 (25.18)
        1:14.34 (25.43)     1:39.68 (25.34)
  7 Follows, Kane          JR Hawaii            1:39.15    1:40.14   12  
    r:+0.71  23.84        48.64 (24.80)
        1:14.20 (25.56)     1:40.14 (25.94)
  8 Poti, Zachary          JR Arizona St        1:39.09    1:40.38   11  
    r:+0.74  23.32        48.72 (25.40)
        1:14.78 (26.06)     1:40.38 (25.60)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 16                  
 
  1. California                        433   2. Texas                             379
  3. Indiana                         301.5   4. NC State                          237
  5. Louisville                        168   6. Florida                           156
  7. Alabama                           110   8. Harvard                            98
  9. Virginia                           92  10. Stanford                           90
 11. Missouri                           88  12. Tennessee                          83
 13. Michigan                           82  14. Southern Cali                      81
 15. Arizona                            72  16. Texas A&M                          71
 17. Florida St                         66  18. Georgia                            64
 19. Ohio St                            56  20. Arizona St                       47.5
 21. Minnesota                          45  22. Purdue                             38
 23. University of Miami                30  24. Georgia Tech                       29
 25. Penn                               18  25. South Carolina                     18
 27. Duke                               17  27. Penn St                            17
 29. Grand Canyon                       16  30. Hawaii                             15
 31. Columbia University                14  32. Kentucky                           11
 33. Lsu                                 9  34. Notre Dame                          7
 34. Missouri St                         7  34. Wisconsin                           7
 37. Auburn                              6  37. Virginia Tech                       6
 37. Princeton                           6  40. Navy                                4
 41. Towson                              2  42. Denver                              1

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