In our day and age of swimming, it is becoming increasingly more rare to see athletes be at the top level of success in more than one event. But to see a country as a whole have success in an entire stroke is a completely different story. However, that was Australia has done with backstroke in the last 12 months.
They’ve found the secret down under somehow, and it is showing. Boasting both mens and womens world champions in the 100 AND 200 back, Australia has unlocked the treasure chest of backstroking gold. The Aussies backstroke ace, Mitch Larkin, competed in Santa Clara this weekend, making his debut on US soil. Our own backstroke sensation, Ryan Murphy, nabbed the victory in the 100, but Larkin cam roaring back to steal the 200 the next night. So we asked Mitch, which race do you prefer?