INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 27. MINNETONKA's David Plummer made it the third straight record of the night as he tracked down the U.S. Open record in the men's 50-meter backstroke at the U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials.
The 27-year-old veteran popped a scorching time of 24.52. That swim bettered the previous U.S. Open record of 24.71 set by Indiana's Ben Hesen at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials as part of a time trial. The time is also a world best, clearing the 24.61 set by Jeremy Stravius at the French Nationals earlier this year.
Tucson Ford's Matt Grevers also put up a sterling time in the sprint back with a second-place time of 24.77. He moved up to sixth in the world rankings, and if he pulls off the 100 back victory tomorrow could be in line for a huge swim in Barcelona. According to selection rules for the stroke 50s, the 100 winner has the option to take the second spot in the sprint event.
Penn State's Shane Ryan raced to third in 24.89, while American-record holder Randall Bal wound up fourth overall in 24.97.
Bolles' Ryan Murphy (25.04), Stanford's Eugene Godsoe (25.12), Schroeder Y's Adam Mania (25.14) and Schroeder Y's Mitch Friedemann (25.60) also competed in the championship heat.
Indiana's James Wells took home the B final win in 25.59, while SwimMAC's Kyle Darmody finished atop the C final in 25.87.