Ryan Murphy
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
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AUSTIN, Texas, March 28. CALIFORNIA's Ryan Murphy had some company with Penn State's Shane Ryan serving as his rabbit through the 75, but Murphy had more than enough to win the men's 100-yard back at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.

Trailing Ryan 33.07 to 33.13, Murphy threw down an 11.50 to win the title in 44.63. That put him fourth on the all-time performers list, and just missed Ryan Lochte's NCAA record of 44.60. Incidentally, Murphy's time also beat his 44.91 relay leadoff in the 400 medley relay at the 17-18 U.S. National Age Group record.


"That's been the goal all season, especially with how this meet has been going. I put a lot of pressure to perform well at that event for the team and I think we've got a lot of momentum now going into this last relay and into tomorrow as well," Murphy said. "For that race I just wanted to go out fast because I knew there was a bunch of really fast guys in that race. I just hoped that my 200 training would help me in that last 25."

Ryan, meanwhile, had himself an epic race as well with a runner-up 44.78. that vaulted him to seventh all time in the event's history. Texas' Kip Darmody raced his way to third in 45.03 to move into 14th overall.

Stanford's David Nolan, the defending champion, wound up fourth in 45.21 with West Virginia's Bryce Bohman snaring fifth in 45.30.

USC's Luca Spinazzola (45.55), California's Tony Cox (45.79) and Florida State's Pavel Sankovich (46.44) also competed in the A final.

That's just California's third win in the event, as Murphy joins back-to-back winner Tom Shields (2011, 2012) as Golden Bear victors in the 100 back.

Indiana's James Wells won the B final in 45.90 with Penn State's Nate Savoy placing second in 46.00.

California's Jacob Pebley (46.09), Texas' Aaron Gustafson (46.10), Georgia's Taylor Dale (46.24), Arizona's Mitchell Friedemann (46.54), Tennessee's Sean Lehane (46.92) and Florida's Jack Blyzunskyj (46.98) placed 11th through 16th overall.

Splits
1 Murphy, Ryan FR California 45.08 44.63 20
10.51 21.73 (11.22)
33.13 (11.40) 44.63 (11.50)
2 Ryan, Shane SO Penn St. 45.75 44.78 17
10.57 21.58 (11.01)
33.07 (11.49) 44.78 (11.71)
3 Darmody, Kip JR Texas 45.60 45.03 16
10.63 21.88 (11.25)
33.28 (11.40) 45.03 (11.75)

Team Standings
1. California 286.5
2. Texas 270.5
3. Florida 245
4. Michigan 195
5. Georgia 182
6. Arizona 122.5
7. USC 100
8. Florida State 96
9. Auburn 91
10. Louisville 74



Results: NCAA Division I Men's Championships: Day Two Finals