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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, December 7. LAST night, SwimMAC’s Nick Thoman took down a trio of American records at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals. Here’s video of his astonishing 100-yard back record.
Fresh off an American record in the 200 medley relay this evening as well as the fastest 50-yard backstroke time ever to start the night at the USA Winter Nationals, SwimMAC’s Nick Thoman made history with a blazing backhalf to nearly break 44 seconds in the finale of the 100-yard back.
Thoman, out under 21.60 behind Grevers at the 50-yard mark, hit the nitrous down the stretch as he turned in a blistering 22.47 backhalf en route to an American and U.S. Open record of 44.07. There’s little doubt he’ll find a way to become the first man under 44-seconds with that type of speed. He had nearly broken Grevers’ American record of 44.55 last night with a 44.56 leadoff in SwimMAC’s 400 medley relay, but saved his best for the individual swim.
Grevers, meanwhile, went from a 21.48 at the 50 to a 44.49 (23.01) to close the night with a personal best as the now second-fastest swimmer ever in the event.