Nick Thoman Drops Fast 100 Backstroke After 9 months Off, 53.6 – Feature Video

  3 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | August 07th, 2013 | Featured, National, News, U.S. Open, U.S. Open Championships

Video capture courtesy of swimswam contributor Morgan Priestley:

Men’s 100 Backstroke – US Open

Russia’s Arkady Vyatchanin had the swim of the night with a 53.06 in the men’s 100 backstroke final. Note that this time would have placed 2nd at the World Championships this week, he simply didn’t have a country to represent at that meet.

Bolles’ Ryan Murphy just missed his best time with a 53,62 for 2nd, and SwimMAC’s Nick Thoman, who skipped Indy, was 3rd in 53.65. That should give him a spot on the National Team for the year.

Japan’s Junya Koga was 4th in 54.00, and Australian Bobby Hurley was 5th in 55.16 – almost half-a-second slower than he was in prelims.


  1. bobo gigi says:

    53.65 after 9 months off? Not bad! The battle for the 2 world championships spots will be insane next year with Grevers, Plummer, Thoman, Murphy, Conger and many others.


    Exactly said BOBO ! this Us depth on backstroke is just insane and loaded with huge talents . Thoman is back it seems …..well done ! Funny that Grevers won last year and this year just in front of 2 different other American Backstroker ( Thoman in 12′ and Plummer in13′ ).


    A cool guy happy to be back on the deck

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