Texas Freshman Austin Katz Wins First Individual NCAA Title in 200 Back

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Texas freshman Austin Katz set a pool record on his way to winning the 200 back A final in a time of 1:37.53. This moves Katz ahead of Tyler Clary for third on the all-time list.

Fellow Longhorn John Shebat took second with a 1:37.94 while USC’s Patrick Mulcare touched in third with a 1:38.43. Rounding out the A final was 400 IM champion, Stanford’s Abrahm DeVine in a 1:41.99.

In the B final, Hawaii’s Metin Aydin led all they way up until the 175 where Georgia sophomore Javier Acevedo took over the lead and ultimately touched first in a time of 1:39.06.

Event 16  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: N 1:35.73  03/26/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
     American: A 1:35.73  03/26/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
   U. S. Open: O 1:35.73  03/26/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
 Championship: C 1:35.73  03/26/2016Ryan Murphy, California-PC
         Pool: P 1:38.02  03/24/2018John Shebat, Texas-ST
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Austin Katz      FR Texas             1:38.84    1:37.53P        20  
    r:+0.65  23.01        47.51 (24.50)
        1:12.62 (25.11)     1:37.53 (24.91)
  2 John Shebat      JR Texas             1:38.02    1:37.94P        17  
    r:+0.69  22.23        46.42 (24.19)
        1:11.63 (25.21)     1:37.94 (26.31)
  3 Patrick Mulcare  JR USC               1:38.85    1:38.43         16  
    r:+0.68  23.26        47.99 (24.73)
        1:12.72 (24.73)     1:38.43 (25.71)
  4 Bryce Mefford    FR California        1:39.04    1:38.48         15  
    r:+0.70  23.51        48.03 (24.52)
        1:13.12 (25.09)     1:38.48 (25.36)
  5 Jonathan Robert  SR Texas             1:38.73    1:38.64         14  
    r:+0.79  22.84        47.40 (24.56)
        1:12.88 (25.48)     1:38.64 (25.76)
  6 Anton Loncar     SR Denver            1:38.62    1:39.15         13  
    r:+0.75  23.36        48.17 (24.81)
        1:13.84 (25.67)     1:39.15 (25.31)
  7 Dean Farris      SO Harvard           1:39.21    1:40.37         12  
    r:+0.68  23.12        48.04 (24.92)
        1:13.59 (25.55)     1:40.37 (26.78)
  8 Abrahm DeVine    JR Stanford          1:39.22    1:41.99         11  
    r:+0.68  23.46        48.86 (25.40)
        1:15.23 (26.37)     1:41.99 (26.76)
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