Ryan Murphy Posts Strong 200 Back To Lead Prelims At Phillips 66 Nationals

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Cal backstroke came to play in Irvine with four total A-finalists in the men’s 200 back at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships on Thursday morning. The usual suspects of Ryan Murphy (1:56.39) and Jacob Pebley (1:56.88) posted the top two times as expected.

The Golden Bears put two other guys in the top eight with undergrads Bryce Mefford (1:57.66) and Daniel Carr (1:57.69) sneaking into the final, showing that Cal backstroke is here to play.

NCAA champion Austin Katz (1:56.97) also came to play in Irvine putting up the third seed this morning as he could play spoiler to get on the Pan Pac team.

Clark Beach (1:57.06), Nick Alexander (1:57.18) and Carson Foster (1:57.70) also placed in the top eight this morning. Foster is not far off of the NAG record for the 15-16 age group as he sits behind Aaron Peirsol (1:57.03) and Murphy (1:57.39) in the all-time rankings.

There were no notable A-final misses.

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