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Three-time 2016 Olympic Champion, Ryan Murphy, was all smiles at the Pro Swim in Santa Clara–because he’s nearing taper-time.  It’s been nearly a year since Ryan tapered.  That’s all fine by Ryan, who feels like he’s deposited a lot more base-work in the bank.

In this video, Ryan breaks down the difference between tapering under his former Bolles School coach, Sergio Lopez (now the head college coach at Virginia Tech) and his current Cal coach, Dave Durden. Interestingly, in high school, Sergio would drop weights about three weeks out, while Durden continues training in the weight room, albeit light work, up until a week out.

After a year of heavy training, Ryan says his legs are going to need more rest–a lot more rest for U.S. Nationals in Irvine.  Sounds like a positive sign for fast swims.  What will it take for Ryan to regain the title Greatest Backstroker on Earth this summer? I’m sticking by my predictions from earlier this year:

  • 51.79 – 100m back
  • 1:53.57 – 200m back

What do you think?

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3 years ago

Sitting back, relaxing and watching his inspirational hype videos of Dean Farris.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

It would be great to see. When was the last time a swimmer got on the national team swimming at a college which doesn’t offer scholarships?

Reply to  Togger
3 years ago

There have been plenty. Katie Meili most significantly from Columbia, but Kate Mills as well from Harvard recently.

Reply to  iLikePsych
3 years ago

Dean’s Crimson teammate Logan Houck and Emory’s Andrew Wilson both on the current NT

Reply to  Togger
3 years ago

Andrew Wilson…

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
3 years ago

He has serious potential to do it …….i wish him well too

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3 years ago

Yay, I can actually hear this Ryan talk.

Gator chomp
3 years ago

I think he’ll do really well in the 200 this summer, I’m guessing his 100 will be right around his WR time but I think he could get his 200 down to 1:53 low or maybe even 1:52.

Coach Tom
3 years ago

happy birthday RYAN!!

3 years ago

Davis Duedan told me that Murph will rub his upper inner thighs for 3 hours every night before bed. Helps his under waters

3 years ago

I love this video. thank you for sharing it with your community. But I wish headline’s of articles would be what the video is about. Just wish there was more about his taper and the title of the article.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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