California Busts 200 Medley Relay American Record In Prelims; Katis Swims Fastest 50 Breaststroke Split In History

After breaking the American record last night in the 400 medley relay last night with Stubblefield as the anchor, the team of Ryan Murphy, Chuck Katis, Justin Lynch, and Tyler Messerschmidt earned the top seed in prelims of the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:22.40. California’s relay broke the American record they set last year at the NCAA Championships in Austin of 1:22.83.

Michigan currently holds the US Open and NCAA records at 1:22.27 from the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.

In addition to breaking the American record, Chuck Katis also posted the fastest 50 breaststroke relay split in history with a 22.64. That time was just under Tennessee freshman Peter John Stevens’ split of 22.72 from the 2015 SEC Championships. 

Take a look at their splits below (1:22.40):

  • Ryan Murhpy – 20.82
  • Chuck Katis – 22.64
  • Justin Lynch – 20.33
  • Tyler Messerschmidt – 18.61

Comparative Splits from 2014 (1:22.83):

  • Murphy – 20.90
  • Katis – 23.29
  • Cox – 19.99
  • Messerschmidt- 18.65


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Correction: It’s not the exact same team, they had Stubblefield on the 400 Medley, this is Messerschmidt on the 200 Medley now.

Still, wow.

Joel Lin

49.9 is possible.


It’s already been done. Cordes split 49.78 at the 2013 Texas invite. Unless you were talking about flat start of course…


Did the rule change from “hands have to stay below the water” to “elbows have to stay below the water”? If so, when?


I don’t know specific dates but I’m pretty sure that’s been legal for a long time now.


Sorry, I should have phrased that as “wasn’t hands under the water a rule sometime in the last decade”?

Mike Emmons

No, hands over the water has been around for well over a decade.


I remember hearing that was one of the reasons that Erik Vendt dropped the 400 IM in 2008 for just straight swimming free – he kept getting DQ’ed on breaststroke for bringing his hands out of the water.

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