ZUMO Performance of the Week: Katharine Berkoff Sets University Games Record in 100 Back

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Katharine Berkoff clocked a time of 59.29 in 100-Meter Backstroke

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Katharine Berkoff is this week’s ZUMO Performance of the Week for record setting 100-meter backstroke at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.

More than 30 years after her father, David Berkoff, revolutionized the backstroke event with his underwater prowess, Katharine Berkoff earned the first international title of her career when she prevailed in the 100-meter backstroke at the World University Games in Naples, Italy. Heading into her freshman year at North Caroline State University, the younger Berkoff clocked a time of 59.29, good for a Games record that eclipsed the 59.57 she posted in prelims.
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Three decades later, Berkoff – who coached his daughter at the club level in Montana – is now watching the family backstroke tradition carry forward. The younger Berkoff will be part of a stacked group of contenders for Olympic berths next summer, the likes of Kathleen Baker, Olivia Smoliga and Regan Smith also major factors for Tokyo invitations.

Congratulations to Katherine Berkoff on earning ZUMO’s Performance of the Week!

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