Ryan Murphy Runs Down Jacob Pebley in 200 Back Final at TYR Pro Swim Series in Richmond (RACE VIDEO)

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Former Cal teammates Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley had another great race together on Saturday night at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Richmond with Murphy digging deep to take down his former training partner with a 1:57.23. Pebley was second at 1:57.61 after leading through 150 meters.

Murphy came home in a 29.41 on the final 50 to Pebley’s 30.76 as both were slower than their season best times. Murphy was a 1:56.16 in Knoxville while Pebley was a 1:57.12 in Des Moines.

Murphy and Pebley will represent Team USA this summer in the 200 back at the World Championships in Gwangju. Murphy won silver in 2017 and Pebley won the bronze at the last World Championships in Budapest.

Those two guys were the only ones under 2:00 in the final as former NC State swimmer Hennessey Stuart (2:01.07) was third and 14-year-old Josh Zuchowski (2:02.12) was fourth. Zuchowski holds the NAG record at 2:00.97 and broke Michael Andrew’s NAG record in the 100 last night.

Nikos Sofianidis (2:02.62), Dominick Wallace (2:02.75), Samuel Tornqvist (2:02.97) and Billy Cadigan (2:04.14) also swam in the A-Final.

Results:

  1. Ryan Murphy, USA, 1:57.23
  2. Jacob Pebley, USA, 1:57.61
  3. Hennessey Stuart, USA, 2:01.07
  4. Josh Zuchowski, USA, 2:02.12
  5. Nikos Sofianidis, GRE, 2:02.62
  6. Dominick Wallace, USA, 2:02.75
  7. Samuel Tornqvist, USA, 2:02.97
  8. Billy Cadigan, USA, 2:04.14

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