Hunter Armstrong Swims 52.48 to Become #5 American All-Time in Men’s 100 Back

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

MEN’S 100 BACK FINAL

  • World Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85 (2016)
  • American Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85 (2016)
  • US Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA) – 51.94 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 52.53 (2018)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.97
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Ryan Murphy – 52.26
  • Wave I Cut: 56.59
  • Wave II Cut: 55.51
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
  1. Ryan Murphy (CAL), 52.33
  2. Hunter Armstrong (OSU), 52.48
  3. Shaine Casas (TAMU), 52.76

Ohio State’s Hunter Armstrong touched 2nd in the men’s 100 backstroke final tonight, in all likelihood making himself the first Ohio State swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic Team in a very, very long time. Armstrong used the fastest 2nd 50 in the field to get the job done, nearly running down Ryan Murphy, the World Record-holder.

Armstrong flipped 7th at the 50m mark (25.73), and then barely slowed down on the 2nd length, splitting 26.75, which was the only sub-27 split in the field. The final time, 52.48, also marked another best time for Armstrong, who seems to improve every time he races.

He’s dropped an incredible amount of time in the LCM 100 back just in 2021. Armstrong started the year with a lifetime best of 54.74, and has already whittled that down to 52.48, an improvement of 2.26 seconds.

Armstrong is now the #5 performer all-time in U.S. history, moving up from 7th, which is where his semifinals swim landed him. Here is the current list of top 5 Americans all-time in the men’s 100 back:

Rank Swimmer Time
1 Ryan Murhpy 51.85
2 Aaron Piersol 51.94
3 Matt Grevers 52.08
4 David Plummer 52.12
5 Hunter Armstrong 52.48

Armstrong remains the #5 swimmer in the world this year:

1 EVGENY
RYLOV
RUS 52.12 04/05 2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
KAZAN, RUS
2 RYAN
MURPHY
USA 52.22 06/14 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
OMAHA, NE
3 KLIMENT
KOLESNIKOV
RUS 52.24 04/05 2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
KAZAN, RUS
4 XU
JIAYU
CHN 52.35 03/07 CHINESE SWIMMING MEET – ZHAOQING
ZHAOQING, CHN
5 HUNTER
ARMSTRONG
USA 52.48 06/14 2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
OMAHA, NE

The 20-year-old is coming off a very successful season with the Buckeyes, in which he swam personal bests in the SCY 50 free, 100 free, 50 back, and 100 back.

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Mande
1 year ago

Hunter Armstrong 5th fastest in the world this year in 100 Back and now has his own Swim Swam page! Counting the spots to find Armstrong on the Olympic team! For our local swim club, CCS-LE, this is HUGE!

Colin McDermott
1 year ago

Hey that’s my lifting partner! Go Hunter! Go Bucks!!

OSU Swim Fan
1 year ago

Let’s go Hunter! Making Buckeyes all over the world proud!

Ohio State Swimmer
1 year ago

First Ohio State swimming Olympian since 1956!
Source: https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/OSU-Olympians.pdf

DCSwim
1 year ago

First OSU swimmer in how long??? They used to rule the roost back in the days of 48 states

Last edited 1 year ago by DCSwim
Pez
1 year ago

the guy doesnt even swim a full week of practices lmaoooooo talent is everythin at this level and noone can tell me otherwise

Swimmer
Reply to  Pez
1 year ago

Can you elaborate?

Pez
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

osu swimmers know what i mean but the guy doesnt show up for a full week of practices, but he makes it work lmao itsj ust funny

Joe
Reply to  Pez
1 year ago

We aren’t OSU swimmers. How often does he take a week off?

ADB
Reply to  Pez
1 year ago

WAIT you swim for OSU? Never heard of you

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 year ago

It’s magic

Backstroke Bros
1 year ago

Really nice guy, big congrats!