Matt Grevers Cruises To 100 Back Top Seed

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The men’s 100 back will be another tight field. Last night, four guys rocketed into the top 8 world rankings in the 50 back, and it could be a similar story here on Saturday at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships. Matt Grevers is looking to qualify for his third Pan Pac team with his 53.30 this morning in Irvine.

Grevers is ahead of Ryan Murphy (53.63) and Justin Ress (53.82) who joined him under 54 seconds in the event. Murphy is already on the Pan Pac team after he won the 200 back on Thursday night. Grevers and Ress are in good position to qualify for the meet if the United States can go three deep.

Cal had two other A-Finalists with Daniel Carr (54.01) and Jacob Pebley (54.03) getting into the championship final in fourth and fifth.

Dean Farris (54.21), Bryce Mefford (54.21) and Austin Katz (54.41) also qualified for the A-Final.

Grevers moved up in the 2018 World Rankings as he now sits tied for seventh with fellow American Ress.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Evgeny Rylov, RUS, 52.67
  2. Xu Jiayu, CHN, 52.72
  3. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 52.97
  4. Ryosuke Irie, JPN, 53.08
  5. Mitch Larkin, AUS, 53.14
  6. Ryan Murphy, USA, 53.24
  7. Matt Grevers, USA, 53.30
  8. Justin Ress, USA, 53.30
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