INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 29. TUCSON Ford's Matt Grevers talks about the relief of seeing a "2" next to his name after a tough race in the 100 backstroke at the 2013 USA Swimming nationals. He says he really wanted to be below 53, but thinks with a little extra rest he'll be able to swim "higher" in the water. He also comments on how Ryan Murphy and David Plummer have been threatening him all season.
Men's 100 Backstroke Recap: David Plummer moved to second in the world this year with a scorching final 50 to surface triumphant from the deepest men's 100-meter backstroke heat in the world this year at the U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials.
Plummer, who trumped Olympic champion Matt Grevers in the men's 50-meter backstroke last night, did it again in the 100 with a blazing 53.10 against Grevers' 53.25. Plummer skyrocketed to a tie with Kosuke Hagino for second in the world behind Jeremy Stravius (53.09), while Grevers moved to fourth in the world with his time. Grevers jumped ahead of Ryosuke Irie (53.33).
Bolles' Ryan Murphy, who became the first 18-and-under to clear the 54-second mark this morning with a 53.62, dropped his 17-18 U.S. National Age Group record even further with a scorching third-place 53.38. That put him in a tie for sixth in the world rankings with Chris Walker-Hebborn of Great Britain.
With both Plummer and Grevers a decade older than the young man, Murphy is going to be around for a long time to keep the U.S. backstroke dominance alive as the future of the stroke for Team USA. He's in a similar position as Chase Kalisz was last summer in the 400-meter IM.