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PALO ALTO, California, August 3. TUCSON Ford's Matt Grevers made a statement in the men's 100 back with a scorching time at the USA Swimming Long Course Nationals.
Grevers, who did not qualify for Worlds last summer, tapered for this meet with a blazing fast time of 53.14. That swim put him sixth in the world this year, but still behind Nick Thoman (53.01) and David Plummer (53.04) among the Americans.
Thoman, after clocking the 53.04 at Worlds, took second tonight in 53.57, while Ryan Lochte finished third in 53.79. Lochte is coming off a World meet in which he won five gold medals, and is only the fourth man to win at least five at Worlds.
Kyle Owens (54.30), Eugene Godsoe (54.34), David Russell (54.44), Ben Hesen (54.56), Plummer (54.74), Adam Mania (54.98) and Mitchell Friedemann (55.70) rounded out the championship finale.
Jack Conger claimed the C final in 55.02, downing the U.S. National Age Group record in the event for 15-16 year olds. Ryan Murphy set the record during prelims with a 55.43, Murphy wound up taking seventh in the B final with a 55.63. Patrick Murphy snagged the B final title in 54.92.