A day after setting the U.S. Open record in the 100 back on a relay lead-off, Matt Grevers kicked things up a notch, setting a new world record in the individual iteration of the event.
Grevers popped off a 48.92 to dominate the field and become the fastest 100 backstrokers in short course meters history by two one-hundredths of a second.
The previous mark was held by Nick Thoman at 48.94, set in 2009, the last year the buoyant full-body suits were legal under FINA rules.
Grevers’ time is also a new American record as well as a lowering of his U.S. Open record from last night.
It was the front-half split that provided the extra juice for Grevers’ big Saturday swim, though interestingly enough, his opening 50 split is still behind the split Thoman went in setting the record. A look at the splits of Thoman’s former world record, Grevers’ new world record and his relay lead-off from last night:
Grevers – Day 2
- Total: 48.92
Grevers – Day 1
- Total: 49.25
Thoman – 2009
- Total: 48.94
Grevers continues to be outstanding in the back half of the race in the short course meters pool, blowing out Thoman’s record split by two tenths of a second.
The 2012 Olympic champ in the long course 100 back, Grevers is looking to gain momentum in a very crowded world backstroke field. Australian Mitch Larkin has been on a tear, and Grevers will face a tough test just to make the U.S. Olympic team with veteran David Plummer blowing up this fall and rising college star Ryan Murphy looking like a legitimate international contender.