Junior National Team Member Austin Katz Lends Verbal To Texas

Photo Courtesy: Austin Katz Twitter, @katz_austin

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Junior National Team member Austin Katz gave a big “hook-em horns!” to the University of Texas as he gave his verbal commitment to swim for them beginning with the 2017-18 season.

Katz, a strong backstroker, made the announcement via his twitter account.

A native of Sarasota, FL, Katz swims for both the Sarasota YMCA Sharks and Riverview High School. At last year’s FHSAA 4A Championship he took home first place in both the 200-yard free (1:37.02) and 100-yard back (47.92).

Katz continued his strong performances into the long course season where he finished fifth in the 200-meter back, fifteenth in the 100-meter back, and 51st in the 200-meter free at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Katz’s best times in SCY/LCM:

  • 50 Free: 21.04/24.07
  • 100 Free: 44.89/52.02
  • 200 Free: 1:36.67/1:51.39
  • 500/400 Free: 4:27.24/3:59.17
  • 50 Back: 22.68/27.78
  • 100 Back: 47.23/55.41
  • 200 Back: 1:41.48/1:57.20

The versatile Katz will join Chris Yeager and Luke Bowman as a member of Texas’ class of 2021.

To report a college commitment email HS@swimmingworld.com.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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