Murphy Completes Backstroke Sweep With 100 Back; Grevers Finishes Second

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The final of the men’s 100 back featured two Olympic gold medalists in Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers, and the pair made it a race down to the wire as they went 1-2 at the finish. Murphy got his hand to the wall just ahead of Grevers to give himself the backstroke triple at this meet, touching in 52.51 to Grever’s 52.55.

Grever’s second place ensures he’ll have a spot on the Pan Pacs roster and puts him in a strong position to qualify for 2019 Worlds. Those times move both men to first and second respectively in the world so far for 2018. In third was NC State’s Justin Ress (53.26), who may get a chance to swim this event at Pan Pacs as well. Ress was second to Murphy in the 50 back last night and was also under the former American record.

Cal’s Bryce Mefford was fourth in 53.84, followed by teammate Jacob Pebley (54.05) and Texas swimmer Austin Katz (54.06). Daniel Carr, the fourth Cal swimmer in the A-final, was seventh in 54.27, while Harvard’s Dean Farris rounded out the final with a 54.55.

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