Missy Franklin Interview Bombs Ryan Murphy after his 1:38.1 200 back

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Men’s 200 Back via Keith Report

Ryan Murphy, after a Ryan Lochte scratch in the final, was left with Lochte’s Gator Swim Club training partner Arkady Vyatchanin to gun-down big swims in this men’s 200 back.

Vyatchanin let Murphy take to the front in the first 50 yards. The two were fairly close through the second two 50′s, though Murphy was able to pick up a crucial few tenths on each lap.

In the last lap, the older and therefore more physically mature and experienced Vyatchanin, closed very well. Very few swimmers are able to close this 200 backstroke in under 25 seconds, and perhaps nobody is able to do it in the 24.39 that Vyatchanin came home in.

Murphy’s lead from the first 50 carried him though, as he was able to squeak out a win in 1:38.15 – a new 17-18 National Age Group Record (read more about that record here). Vyatchanin was 2nd in 1:38.22, as those swims rank as the third and fifth fastest, respectively, in the history of the event.

USC’s Alex Lendrum was 3rd in 1:42.29 followed by Indiana’s Eric Ress in 1:42.72. Those are two of a handful of competitors for this NCAA title, both seniors, which give’s Lendrum a bit of a psychological edge perhaps. Michigan State’s Jacob Jarzen took 5th in 1:43.10 (he was half-a-second better in prelims).

Arizona’s Michael Sheppard won the B-Final in 1:42.77.

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Philip Johnson

Franklin has to be one of the most down to earth swimmers ever! did i sense an unusual amount of comfortness between the two? lol


No I think she’s like that with everybody.

I didn’t see the race, but he has to work on his underwaters for the 200 back? Can’t imagine what would happen should his dolphin kick meets his standards for this race… March 2014 is going to be crazy. 1:36 low?

1:34. 22 low followed by 3 24 lows. 1:34.7.

prediction: #SwimRoyalWedding2020

LOL it could happen. This is what he tweeted on July 30th after she won an Olympic gold:
“@FranklinMissy one year ago, you told me we would have wonderful backstroke babies. Now you’re an Olympic gold medalist. You rock!”

oh, it is ON!!!!!

And both go to Cal next year!


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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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