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Ryan Murphy Lowers Aaron Peirsol's 13-14 U.S. National Age Group Record in 100 Back -- June 28, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, June 28. RYAN Murphy, who swims for the Bolles School, demolished the U.S. National Age Group record for 13-14 year olds in the 100-meter backstroke this weekend.

At the TYR Summer Classic, Murphy turned in a blazing fast time of 57.76. That effort downed one of backstroke king Aaron Peirsol's many NAG records. Peirsol had owned the previous mark with a 57.99 set back in 1998.

Murphy now owns the following long course meter NAG records: 10&u 100 back (1:11.01), 11-12 200 back (2:13.91) and 11-12 200 fly (2:14.40) along with his newest record in the 13-14 division.


Murphy has been flirting with this particular record since the 2009 Junior Nationals when he clocked a 58.59. Earlier this month, he turned in a 58.49 in the 2010 Santa Clara International, before put together the record swim a week shy of his 15th birthday at the TYR Summer Classic. Murphy just missed his shot at Peirsol's other 1998 13-14 NAG in the 200 back of 2:02.78 with a 2:02.86 this weekend.



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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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