Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!
IRVINE, California, August 9.
Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers, who already won the 50 fly earlier this week, took home the gold in the 100 with a 52.75. That’s the third-best in the world this year, behind only Xu Jiayu (52.34) and Ryosuke Irie (52.57). Grevers will be putting on a show in Australia later this month at the Pan Pacific Championships squad.
California’s Ryan Murphy, just 19, blistered the rest of the field with a 53.21 to take second tonight. That swim was just off his 53.20 from prelims that ranks him seventh in the world. SwimMAC’s Nick Thoman rounded out the top three with a 53.46 to tie Mitch Larkin for eighth in the world.
NYAC’s David Plummer, the 50 back winner, took fourth in 53.57 with California’s Jacob Pebley placing fifth in 53.90.
NBAC’s Michael Phelps, who made the Pan Pacs roster via the 100 fly last night with a second-place finish to Tom Shields, had some trouble in the 100 back with a sixth-place 53.95. He hit the lane line several times and could not find his typical back-half speed.
Stanford’s Eugene Godsoe (54.66) and Indiana’s James Wells (55.41) placed seventh and eighth.
Shane Ryan shot to 18th in the world with a 53.90 to win the B final. Machine’s Jack Conger hit the wall second in 55.26 with Wisconsin’s Drew teDuits placing third in 55.34.
Michael Andrew, the 15-year-old pro swimmer, picked up another heat win this week after his first junior national title last week. Andrew clocked a 55.73 to tie his personal best to win the C final. BlueFish’s Connor Green earned second in 56.13 with Ethan Young of Carpet Capital taking third in 56.15.