Katis Sets Two School Records to Lead Men's Swimming and Diving at UGA Fall Invite
Katis set school records and eclipsed the NCAA 'A' standard in both the 100 and 200 breast at the UGA Fall Invite (Gil Talbot).
ATHENS, Ga. – Chuck Katis continued his assault on the Harvard men's swimming and diving record book on Sunday, breaking his own school record in the 200 breast to earn his second event win at the University of Georgia Fall Invitational.
Harvard placed sixth overall in the team standings with 311 points competing against some of the top programs in the country. No. 3 Cal won the team competition with 856 points while No. 9 Virginia (702), No. 11 Georgia (662.5), No. 16 Auburn (615.5) and Penn State (507.5) rounded out the top five.
Katis beat out his previous school record of 1:56.49 in the 200 breast during Sunday morning's prelims, turning in a time of 1:54.57 to seed himself first in the 'A' final. He was even faster during the afternoon session and touched the wall in 1:54.08 to beat out Cal's Trevor Hoyt, last year's NCAA runner-up in the event, who finished second in 1:54.82.
Katis' record-breaking time eclipsed the NCAA 'A' standard in the event, automatically qualifying him for the 2013 NCAA Championships, and stands as the second-fastest 200 breast time in the country this season.
Chris Satterthwaite led a quartet of Crimson in the 100 free with a sixth-place finishing time of 44.30 which just missed the NCAA 'B' standard for the event. Griffin Schumacher (44.68) and Oliver Lee (44.70) made the 'B' final and placed 11th and 12th, respectively, while Zach Walters (45.53) finished 21st overall in the 'C' final.
Harvard sent five individuals through to the 200 fly finals highlighted by Leo Lim who placed seventh in 1:48.47. Jacob Luna (1:50.01) and Kyle McIntee (1:52.59) took 13th and 15th, respectively, in the 'B' final with Steven Kekacs (1:51.61) and Tyler Rocca (1:52.32) taking 21st and 22nd in the 'C' final.
Christian Yeager and Mike Gaudiani rounded out Harvard's top individual performances on Sunday. Yeager finished 19th overall in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.34 as Gaudiani took 23rd in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:41.64.
The Crimson closed the meet out with an impressive third-place finish in the 400 free relay. Katis, Satterthwaite, Schumacher and Lee combined for an NCAA 'B' standard time of 2:55.45, touching the wall behind only teams from Georgia and Cal.
Katis set a new school record in the 100 breast twice on Saturday en route to a first-place finish. The sophomore eclipsed his previous mark of 53.17 with the fastest prelim time of 52.65, and then swam to the wall in 52.49 in the finals to take the victory. Katis outdueled runner-up Trevor Hoyt for the win, a 2012 All-American in the event from Cal who touched second in 52.65.
Katis' time also met the NCAA 'A' standard in the event, automatically qualifying him for the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Ting (57.79), Karle (58.04) and Owen Wurzbacher (58.35) joined Katis in the 100 breast and placed 20th, 21st and 24th, respectively.
Mike Mosca registered a fourth-place finish on the three-meter springboard, his second top-five finish of the weekend after placing third on the one meter on Friday. Mosca turned in a season-high 356.10 points in the prelims, the fifth-highest total, and finished the finals with 343.10 points. Four-time All-American Logan Shinholser from Virginia Tech placed first in the event with 376.45 points with teammate Ryan Hawkins taking second with 357.80 points and Auburn's Fraser McKean taking third with 354.90 points.
Harvard had a strong presence in the 100 fly finals as Luna and McIntee competed in the 'B' final while Greg Roop and Lim raced in the 'C' final. Luna took 11th overall with a time of 49.39 with McIntee (50.41) placing 16th, Roop (50.47) placing 23rd and Lim (50.55) placing 24th.
Yeager and Gaudiani represented the Crimson in the 'B' final of the 400 IM. Yeager placed 14th in 3:57.91 as Gaudiani placed 16th in 3:59.13. Satterthwaite, meanwhile, made the finals in two events and took 11th in the 200 free (1:37.69) and 24th in the 100 back (50.90).
Katis finished fourth overall in the 200 IM with an NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:45.86, nearly one-half second faster than his previous PR of 1:46.34 in the event. The sophomore turned in the second-fastest prelim time of 1:46.08 to advance to the 'A' final and finished behind reigning NCAA champion Marcin Tarczynski (1:44.36) and Josh Prenot (1:44.69) from Cal, and Ty Stewart (1:45.22) from Georgia. Freshman Yeager qualified for the 'C' final in the event and finished 19th overall with a time of 1:50.71.
Katis' time of 1:45.86 replaced his previous PR as the second-fastest time in program history behind Geoff Rathgerber's '08 mark of 1:44.67 set in 2007.
Mosca totaled 331.30 points in the one-meter springboard prelims before recording a score of 325.10 in the finals to place third. Virginia Tech's Shinholser took first in the event with 356.70 points while Cal's Thomas Selby took second with 338.30 points.
Harvard was well represented in the 50 free as Griffin Schumacher, Oliver Lee and Satterthwaite each made the 'B' final. Schumacher led the trio in 12th place with a time of 20.37 as Lee and Satterthwaite tied for 13th place in 20.40.
Steven Kekacs was the first Crimson to earn a spot in Friday's finals and finished 23rd overall in the 500 free with a time of 4:28.46.