June 28, 2010
He also owns the 13-14 200 yard backstroke standard (1:46.67) from last December's juniors @ Ohio State.
Former Montreal quadruple Olympic gold-medalist John Naber, a pretty fair backsroker in his day, has a 200 back pr of 1:46.09 from his senior season @ USC (NCAAs, Cleveland St., 1977) -- likely the American/NCAA record back then.
Naber's backstroke wrs from Monreal: 55.49-1:59.19.
That latter time was .04 faster than Mike Bruner's winning 1:59.23 in the 200 fly, also a then wr, which certain people never tired of pointing out, i.e., Naber on his back was FASTER than Bruner on his stomach!
If memory serves Naber won the NCAA 100-200 back golds all four seasons @ Troy and also won the 500 free his freshman-sopomore years until some guy named Shaw came along and spoiled the fun!
Submitted by: slickwillie32
June 29, 2010
To compare current backstroke times with those of Naber's era is apples and oranges. With the freestyle flip turns and dolphin kicks allowed today it is impossible to say a 1:46 30+ years ago compares to a 1:46 present day. Naber's 1:46 would be more like a 1:40-1:41 current, and the 1:46 today is more like a 1:51-1:52 is old rules are used. Hands down, Naber all the way.
Submitted by: Ed J.
July 1, 2010
Dolphin kicks weren't allowed in the 70's?
Submitted by: JakedBadForYou
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