Ryan Murphy Wins Fourth Straight 200 Back NCAA Title (Video Interview)

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For the third time in NCAA history, a swimmer has won four consecutive 200 backstroke titles at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Cal senior Ryan Murphy won his fourth straight 200 back title Saturday night with a 1:36.75. Murphy got some serious pressure from Texas sophomore John Shebat who finished second at 1:37.24. Shebat is now the third fastest performer in history. Southern California’s Patrick Mulcare finished third at 1:37.80, now fifth all-time.

Murphy joins the likes of USC’s John Naber (1974-1997) and Ohio State’s Yoshi Oyakawa (1952-1955) as fourpeat winners in the 200 back. Murphy also joins Naber as the only NCAA swimmers to go undefeated in backstroke races at the NCAA championships.

Alabama’s Connor Oslin, Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich, Missouri’s Carter Griffin, Denver’s Anton Loncar and Texas’ Jonathan Roberts also swam in the A-final.

Cal now has six NCAA titles in the 200 back. Murphy joins himself (2014-2016) and Peter Rocca (1978, 1979) as winners for the Golden Bears.

Murphy talked with the media afterwards and you can see that here.

 Event 16  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: N 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
 Championship: C 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
     American: A 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
   U. S. Open: O 1:35.73  3/26/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         Pool: P 1:38.22  3/25/2017 Ryan Murphy, California
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
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                       === Championship Final ===                        
 
  1 Murphy, Ryan           SR California        1:38.22    1:36.75P  20  
    r:+0.54  22.70        47.24 (24.54)
        1:12.01 (24.77)     1:36.75 (24.74)
  2 Shebat, John           SO Texas             1:38.67    1:37.24P  17  
    r:+0.61  22.35        46.82 (24.47)
        1:11.62 (24.80)     1:37.24 (25.62)
  3 Mulcare, Patrick       SO Southern Cali     1:38.56    1:37.80P  16  
    r:+0.63  23.17        47.89 (24.72)
        1:12.52 (24.63)     1:37.80 (25.28)
  4 Oslin, Connor          SR Alabama           1:39.83    1:39.23   15  
    r:+0.60  23.37        48.85 (25.48)
        1:14.01 (25.16)     1:39.23 (25.22)
  5 Tarasevich, Grigory    SR Louisville        1:38.74    1:39.73   14  
    r:+0.55  23.32        48.28 (24.96)
        1:13.97 (25.69)     1:39.73 (25.76)
  6 Griffin, Carter        SR Missouri          1:39.46    1:40.20   13  
    r:+0.55  23.71        48.65 (24.94)
        1:14.07 (25.42)     1:40.20 (26.13)
  7 Loncar, Anton          JR Denver            1:39.29    1:40.64   12  
    r:+0.64  23.63        49.05 (25.42)
        1:15.03 (25.98)     1:40.64 (25.61)
  8 Roberts, Jonathan      JR Texas             1:39.05    1:41.35   11  
    r:+0.76  23.32        48.68 (25.36)
        1:14.86 (26.18)     1:41.35 (26.49)
                 Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 16                  
 
  1. Texas                           439.5   2. California                        273
  3. Florida                         233.5   4. NC State                          214
  5. Indiana                         189.5   6. Stanford                          186
  7. Southern Cali                   158.5   8. Univ of Georgia                   152
  9. Missouri                        148.5  10. Louisville                      123.5
 11. Alabama                           113  12. Auburn                          102.5
 13. South Carolina                     82  14. Michigan                           76
 15. Arizona State                      74  16. Purdue                             57
 17. Texas A&M                          56  18. Tennessee                          55
 19. Wisconsin                          47  20. Ohio St                            33
 20. Virginia Tech                      33  22. University of Miami                31
 23. Lsu                                28  24. Harvard                            24
 25. Arizona                          22.5  26. Denver                             19
 26. Northwestern                       19  28. Minnesota                          18
 29. Penn St                            16  30. Duke                               12
 30. Notre Dame                         12  32. George Washington                   9
 33. Florida State                       7  34. UNC                                 6
 35. Kentucky                            4  36. Cornell                             3
 37. Hawaii                              2  37. Penn                                2
 39. Pittsburgh                          1  39. Yale                                1
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