2017 M. NCAA Picks: 9 of Top 25 Fastest Performers to Race in 100 Back



Cal’s Ryan Murphy is set to swim in his last NCAA Championships this week, and will look to defend his backstroke titles with a 4-peat. Last season, Murphy was dominant over the field, lowering the NCAA and American Records in the 100 back to a 43.49. Now a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder in the 100 meter back, Murphy will look to put on one final record-breaking performance in the NCAA short course pool.

Murphy currently leads the nation with a 44.61. So far, 3 other swimmers have joined him in the 44-range: Penn State’s Shane Ryan (44.65), Alabama’s Connor Oslin (44.73), and Arizona State’s Richard Bohus (44.95). Alabama’s Luke Kaliszak (45.03) and Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich (45.11) have nearly accomplished that as well.

Returning All-Americans in this event include Ohio State’s Big Ten champ Matt McHugh, NC State’s Hennessey Stuart, and USC’s Ralf Tribuntsov, who has a best time in the 44-range. Georgia’s Taylor Dale, who finished 9th in a blistering 45.13 last season, will also return this season. That makes up a loaded field, as we’ll have 9 of the top 25 performers in history in the field:

In addition, we have several returning B final scorers who could wind up in the top 8, including Texas’ John Shebat, NC State’s Andreas Schiellerup, LSU’s Logan Rysemus, and Arizona’s Chatham Dobbs. Some rising stars in the freshman class will also make a run at the top 8, including Harvard’s Dean Farris, NC State’s Coleman Stewart, Virginia’s Joe Clark, and Georgia’s Javier Acevedo.



Place Swimmer Team Season Best Lifetime Best
1 Ryan Murphy Cal 44.61 43.49
2 Shane Ryan Penn State 44.65 44.65
3 Connor Oslin Alabama 44.73 44.73
4 Luke Kaliszak Alabama 45.03 45.03
5 Grigory Tarasevich Louisville 45.11 45.11
6 Richard Bohus Arizona State 44.95 44.95
7 John Shebat Texas 45.72 45.36
8 Andreas Vazaios NC State 45.32 45.32

Darkhorse: Denver’s Anton Loncar has been rising through the ranks, and busted out a personal best 45.68 at the Texas Invite this season. His improvement from his seed time at NCAAs last season was well over half a second, and he’s continued to drop down since then, so he’s likely placed his focus on making the NCAA final this time around.

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Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Now a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder in the 100 meter back

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OK so I only talk in GIFs now.

Displaced Wolverine
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Shouldn’t that be 3-time olympic gold medalist?

4 years ago

Murphy gets 1st 2nd and 3rd(they take his two 100 splits from the 200)

Swim Fan
4 years ago

Correction needed….Shane Ryan from Penn State is the 2017 Big Ten Champion & the Big Ten Record holder in this event. Thank you.

Reply to  Swim Fan
4 years ago

Swim Fan – no correction needed, as McHugh is the 2016 Big Ten Champ, so the assertion that he’s a “Big Ten Champ” is accurate.

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