Friday was the night of “anything you can do I can do, too.” First, Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin both broke National Age Group Records in the 200 free.
Then, an hour later, this meet really got fast. Nick Thoman and Matt Grevers both broke the American Record in the 100 SCY backstroke in the session’s final individual event. Thoman was a 44.07, and Grevers swam a 44.49, both of which were under the 44.50 that Grevers swam at this same meet last year.
The comparative splits:
|Grevers (Old Record)||Grevers (2nd in 2013)||Thoman (New American Record)|
Grevers swam effectively the same race as he did last year, but Thoman has a monstrous back-half – echoing back to his days as a great 200 backstroker as well.
Thoman looks refreshed after taking most of the summer off (he skipped the World Championship Trials, but swam the U.S. Open to ensure he remained on the national team).
This is also the U.S. Open Record, as the fastest time ever swum on American soil (in yards races, that realistically means the best ever, or the World Record).