2016 MEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Wednesday, March 23 – Saturday, March 26
- McAuley Aquatic Center – Atlanta, GA
- Prelims 10AM/Finals 6PM (Eastern Time)
- Defending Champion: Texas (results)
- Championship Central
- Live stream: Wednesday/Thursday prelins & finals, Friday/Saturday prelims / Friday/Saturday finals on ESPN3
- Live results
Cal’s Ryan Murphy rolled to another historic swim as the backstroker on the Golden Bears’ 200 medley relay. Murphy split a 20.20 on the lead off, clearing the previous mark of 20.35 done by Junya Koga in 2014.
That was a best time by Murphy. He swam a 20.69 on Cal’s relay in finals last season and 20.49 in prelims today. His time tonight was over four tenths faster than the 20.84 he swam on Cal’s American Record setting relay in 2015 NCAA prelims.
|Murphy 2016 Finals||20.20|
|Murphy 2016 Prelims||20.49|
|Murphy 2015 Finals||20.69|
|Murphy 2015 Prelims||20.84|
Compared to the rest of the field, Murphy was over 7 tenths faster than anyone else. The next fastest men on the backstroke split were Alabama’s Connor Oslin with 20.86 split and Georgia’s Taylor Dale with a 20.82 split.
Murphy is now the fastest swimmer in history across all 3 backstroke distances in short course yards. Before swimming the fastest 50 ever tonight, he won the 100 backstroke in record setting fashion with a 43.49. His top mark in the 200 back is a 1:36.77. After his strong showing tonight, he’s the clear favorite to win another NCAA title in that event and break his own American Record.