Murphy Rocks 2nd Fastest 200 Back Ever; Swims 1:36.7 for the 4-Peat


In his final individual collegiate swim, Cal senior Ryan Murphy put together one of the fastest swims in history in the 200 back. Swimming in the final at the 2017 Men’s NCAA Championships, Murphy, the American Record holder, pulled off another sweep of the backstrokes with a 1:36.75. That was the 2nd fastest performance of all time. He’s now a 4-time NCAA champion in both backstroke races.

Murphy was locked in battle with Texas’ John Shebat, but popped off the final wall hard to pass him on the last 25. Shebat became the 3rd fastest performer ever with his 1:37.24 for 2nd, while USC’s Patrick Mulcare became the 5th fastest performer ever, clocking in at 1:37.80 to take 3rd.

Top 10 All-Time Performers: Men’s 200 Back

Place Swimmer Time
1 Ryan Murphy 1:35.73
2 Ryan Lochte 1:36.81
3 John Shebat 1:37.24
4 Tyler Clary 1:37.58
5 Patrick Mulcare 1:37.80
6 Arkady Vyatchanin 1:37.87
7 Eugene Godsoe 1:38.21
8 Drew Teduits 1:38.27
9 Aaron Piersol 1:38.45
10 Jacob Pebley 1:38.50

Top 10 All-Time Performances: Men’s 200 Back

Place Swimmer Time
1 Ryan Murphy 1:35.73
2 Ryan Murphy 1:36.75
3 Ryan Murphy 1:36.77
4 Ryan Lochte 1:36.81
5 John Shebat 1:37.24
6 Ryan Murphy 1:37.35
7 Tyler Clary 1:37.58
8 Ryan Lochte 1:37.68
9 Ryan Murphy 1:37.80
9 Patrick Mulcare 1:37.80

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  1. iLikePsych says:

    Amazing swim by Murphy. As Rowdy said, ‘the heart of an Olympian’. And incredible of Shebat to push him that far – especially when you consider that Murphy was picked unanimously​ by everyone in the SwimSwam pick em contest, something that not even Katie Ledecky can boast of at the moment.

  2. Bay City Tex says:

    Shebat, Roberts, and Harty should make Horns very
    formidable in backstroke next year!

  3. a_trojan says:

    amazing swims by all three, never thought I’d say this but Murphy’s records may be broken real soon

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