ATHENS, Ga. – Chuck Katis broke 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’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.
Katis also set a school record in the 100 breast twice on Saturday en route to a first-place finish. He 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.
Matthew Karle and Jason Ting also competed in the 200 breast, with Karle placing 20th in 2:03.96 and Ting taking 22nd in 2:05.64.
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 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.