(Race Video) Ryan Murphy Crashes 1:36 Barrier With 1:35.73 NCAA, American Record in 200 Back

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California’s Ryan Murphy unloaded an NCAA and American record time of 1:35.73 as he broke through the 1:36 barrier in the men’s 200-yard back at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

Murphy’s time smashed his previous record of 1:36.77 set last year here at NCAAs.

Comparative Splits:

2016: 22.20, 46.36 (24.16), 1:10.86 (24.50), 1:35.73 (24.87)
2015: 22.91, 47.32 (24.41), 1:11.82 (24.50), 1:36.77 (24.95)

Murphy has now won both the 100 back and 200 back all three of his years in college, and is in place to match John Naber as the most dominant collegiate backstroker ever.

Murphy kept his 200 back career sweep chance intact to join John Naber and Yoshi Oyakawa as only the third swimmer to claim the 200 back NCAA Title their entire career.

3+ 200 Back Winners:

4 – John Naber, Southern California
4 – Yoshi Oyakawa, Ohio State
3 – Rick Carey, Texas
3 – Charlie Hickcox, Indiana
3 – Sean Murphy, Stanford
3 – Cory Chitwood, Arizona
3 – Ryan Murphy, California

Murphy had some strong competition but was just way too fast for the rest of the field.  Teammate Jacob Pebley moved to eighth all time in the event with a 1:38.50, while NC State’s Hennessey Stuart grabbed ninth all time with a 1:38.56.

All Time Top 200 Back Performers:

1 1:35.73 Ryan Murphy California Atlanta 3/26/16
2 1:36.81 Ryan Lochte Daytona Beach Atlanta11/29/07
3 1:37.58 Tyler Clary Michigan TAMU 3/28/09
4 1:37.87 Arkady Vyatchanin NYAC 12/5/13
5 1:38.21 Eugene Godsoe Stanford 12/13/12
6 1:38.27 Drew teDuits, Wisconsin, 3/28/13
7 1:38.45 Aaron Peirsol Longhorn Austin 3/2/06
8 1:38.50 Jacob Pebley California Atlanta 3/26/16
9 1:38.56 Hennessey Stuart NC State Atlanta 3/26/16
10 1:38.67 Jake Tapp Arizona TAMU 3/28/09

Tennessee’s Sean Lehane (1:39.29), Alabama’s Connor Oslin (1:39.85), BYU’s Jake Taylor (1:39.93), Texas’ Ryan Harty (1:40.11) and USC’s Pat Mulcare (1:40.22) also took part in the historic finale.

                         === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Murphy, Ryan           JR California        1:37.80    1:35.73N  20  
    r:+0.56  22.20        46.36 (24.16)
        1:10.86 (24.50)     1:35.73 (24.87)
  2 Pebley, Jacob          SR California        1:39.14    1:38.50   17  
    r:+0.68  23.21        47.60 (24.39)
        1:12.39 (24.79)     1:38.50 (26.11)
  3 Stuart, Hennessey      SO NC State          1:39.38    1:38.56   16  
    r:+0.52  22.67        47.30 (24.63)
        1:12.62 (25.32)     1:38.56 (25.94)
  4 Lehane, Sean           SR Tennessee         1:39.24    1:39.29   15  
    r:+0.58  23.68        48.94 (25.26)
        1:13.95 (25.01)     1:39.29 (25.34)
  5 Oslin, Connor          JR Alabama           1:39.92    1:39.85   14  
    r:+0.66  23.13        47.97 (24.84)
        1:13.58 (25.61)     1:39.85 (26.27)
  6 Taylor, Jake           SR BYU               1:39.42    1:39.93   13  
    r:+0.53  22.90        48.03 (25.13)
        1:13.62 (25.59)     1:39.93 (26.31)
  7 Harty, Ryan            FR Texas             1:39.17    1:40.11   12  
    r:+0.58  23.15        48.44 (25.29)
        1:14.16 (25.72)     1:40.11 (25.95)
  8 Mulcare, Pat           FR USC               1:39.68    1:40.22   11  
    r:+0.73  23.71        49.19 (25.48)
        1:14.52 (25.33)     1:40.22 (25.70)
 
                            === B - Final ===                            
 
  9 Tarasevich, Grigory    JR Louisville        1:39.96    1:39.81    9  
    r:+0.56  23.86        48.99 (25.13)
        1:14.53 (25.54)     1:39.81 (25.28)
 10 Reid, Christopher      SO Alabama           1:40.11    1:39.87    7  
    r:+0.73  24.24        49.80 (25.56)
        1:14.93 (25.13)     1:39.87 (24.94)
 11 Shebat, John           FR Texas             1:40.30    1:40.10    6  
    r:+0.68  23.18        48.66 (25.48)
        1:14.55 (25.89)     1:40.10 (25.55)
 12 Griffin, Carter        JR Missouri          1:40.67    1:40.16    5  
    r:+0.57  24.11        49.18 (25.07)
        1:14.73 (25.55)     1:40.16 (25.43)
 13 Dezwirek, Jeremie      SR California        1:40.54    1:40.91    4  
    r:+0.58  23.21        48.50 (25.29)
        1:14.64 (26.14)     1:40.91 (26.27)
 14 Litherland, Jay        SO Georgia           1:40.70    1:41.00    3  
    r:+0.75  23.63        49.28 (25.65)
        1:15.16 (25.88)     1:41.00 (25.84)
 15 Owen, Robert           JR VT                1:40.60    1:41.34    2  
    r:+0.52  23.63        49.08 (25.45)
        1:15.32 (26.24)     1:41.34 (26.02)
 16 Main, Corey            SR Florida           1:40.74    1:41.36    1  
    r:+0.64  24.26        50.22 (25.96)
        1:15.93 (25.71)     1:41.36 (25.43)
                Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 16                  
 
  1. Texas                             404   2. California                        312
  3. Florida                           273   4. NC State                          228
  5. Tennessee                         167   6. Georgia                           165
  7. Alabama                           164   8. Missouri                          145
  9. Louisville                      143.5  10. Michigan                          122
 11. Indiana                         113.5  12. Auburn                            111
 13. Southern Cali                     101  14. Stanford                         81.5
 15. South Carolina                     66  15. Ohio St                            66
 17. Arizona                            64  18. Wisconsin                          41
 19. Brigham Young                      40  20. Pittsburgh                         31
 20. University of Miami                31  22. Virginia Tech                    30.5
 23. Penn                               26  24. Minnesota                          18
 25. UNC                                16  25. Air Force                          16
 27. Cleveland St                       15  28. Oakland                            13
 29. Texas A&M                          12  30. George Washington                  11
 30. Yale                               11  32. Unlv                                9
 32. Univ of Utah                        9  34. Princeton                           8
 35. Duke                                7  36. Lsu                                 6
 37. Georgia Tech                        5  37. Hawaii                              5
 39. Virginia                            3  39. Purdue                              3
 41. Penn State University               2  41. Iowa                                2
 41. Harvard                             2
2 Comments

2 comments

  1. Niles Keeran

    Take it to Omaha and Rio!! That’s under 1:51 for 200 meters!

  2. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Naber if course is only swimmer of either sez tomfiyurpeat in both the 100-200 back and he won a pair of 509 free golds too HUS frosh- soon seasons aa along with/ fouroeating as NCAA team champs from ’74-’77.

    When you look at his best times now 49-plus, 1:46-plus) they’re laughable compared to Murphy’s 43.48/1:35.73) but in mud-’70s during Naber’s heydaybthisecwere the American/NCAA records.

    In the mud- 2959s will we look back @ Myrph’s timed and laugh out loud abd ssy: ” Thisecwere records?”

    We’ll see although I doubt u’ll still be around to find out.

    One thing Murphy or his contemporaries likely never match is Tying Naber’s Grand Slam, I.e., winning what was then the PAC-6, NCAAs, AAUs ( U.As. Swiming was nit yet in existence), the Okympic Trials, the Okympics and — AND for good measure — the AAU sumner nationals two weeks after tgebOkympics concluded.

    Surprisingly at the time ( 1976) Naber’s incredible season was not considered ” any big deal” and he returned to USC for his senior season without further fanfare/ ado,

    If Myroh takes care of business in Rio I’d bet he’ll bid a fond adieu to Berserkeley and join the Lijesen if Phelps/ Lichte/Clary et al in the oro circuit.

Author: Jason Marsteller

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