Cal Teammates Ryan Murphy, Jacob Pebley Rio Bound in 200 Backstroke

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Jacob Pebley was first to the 50 in 27.04, just .02 ahead of Ryan Murphy. Murphy took over the lead at the 100 meter mark and shot ahead in the final 100 meters to touch in the second fastest time in the world this year with a 1:53.95.

Pebley bumped into the lane rope for much of the race but still had enough to join his Cal teammate in Rio as he finished in 1:54.77.

Defending Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary touched third in 1:55.33.

Sean Lehane was fourth with a 1:56.44.

Austin Katz finished fifth in 1:57.20. Robert Owen touched sixth in 1:57.48.

Swimming in his second final of the week, 17 year old Michael Taylor was seventh with a 1:57.86. Hennessey Stuart wrapped up the final with a 1:58.69.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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