Ryan Murphy Four-Peats in 100 Back, Only Second to do so

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Going into the NCAA championships, it looked like Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Ryan Murphy was the prohibited favorite going into the 100 back. But after this morning, Alabama’s Connor Oslin and Texas’ John Shebat looked dangerous in pulling a major upset. But in the end, it was Murphy who swam the third fastest 100 back in history at 43.99 for his fourth straight win in the event. Shebat was second at 44.35 for third all-time in the event. Oslin was third at 44.56, good for fifth all-time.

Murphy is only the second swimmer ever to win four straight 100 back titles as USC’s John Naber won four in a row from 1974-1977. Murphy will have another chance tomorrow to win four straight in the 200 back. Alabama’s Luke Kaliszak, USC’s Ralf Tribuntsov, Penn State’s Shane Ryan, Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich and NC State’s Andreas Vazaios also swam in the A-final.

California now has six NCAA titles in the 100 back. Murphy joins himself (2014-2016), and Tom Shields (2011, 2012) as winners in the event for the Golden Bears.

 Event 12  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: N 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
 Championship: C 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
     American: A 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
   U. S. Open: O 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         Pool: P 44.59  3/24/2017 Connor Oslin, Alabama
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Murphy, Ryan           SR California          44.78      43.99P  20  
    r:+0.51  21.07        43.99 (22.92)
  2 Shebat, John           SO Texas               44.63      44.35P  17  
    r:+0.70  21.21        44.35 (23.14)
  3 Oslin, Connor          SR Alabama             44.59      44.56P  16  
    r:+0.58  21.33        44.56 (23.23)
  4 Kaliszak, Luke         JR Alabama             45.25      44.91   15  
    r:+0.54  21.19        44.91 (23.72)
  5 Tribuntsov, Ralf       JR Southern Cali       45.00      45.13   14  
    r:+0.62  21.44        45.13 (23.69)
  6 Ryan, Shane            SR Penn St             45.27      45.17   13  
    r:+0.58  21.59        45.17 (23.58)
  7 Tarasevich, Grigory    SR Louisville          45.13      45.22   12  
    r:+0.59  21.83        45.22 (23.39)
  8 Vazaios, Andreas       JR NC State            45.26      45.49   11  
    r:+0.60  21.86        45.49 (23.63)
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 12                  
 
  1. Texas                           340.5   2. California                        221
  3. Florida                         196.5   4. NC State                          170
  5. Indiana                         154.5   6. Univ of Georgia                   139
  7. Stanford                          134   8. Southern Cali                   121.5
  9. Missouri                        105.5  10. Auburn                           95.5
 11. Louisville                       80.5  12. Alabama                            64
 13. South Carolina                     60  14. Arizona State                      58
 15. Michigan                           46  16. Texas A&M                          35
 17. Purdue                             33  17. Wisconsin                          33
 19. Virginia Tech                      28  20. Tennessee                          22
 21. Harvard                            21  22. Ohio St                            19
 23. Penn St                            15  24. Arizona                          14.5
 25. University of Miami                14  26. Notre Dame                         12
 26. Lsu                                12  26. Duke                               12
 29. George Washington                   9  30. Florida State                       7
 30. Denver                              7  32. UNC                                 6
 32. Minnesota                           6  34. Northwestern                        4
 34. Kentucky                            4  36. Cornell                             3
 37. Penn                                2  37. Hawaii                              2
 39. Pittsburgh                          1
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