Race Video: Men’s 100 Back Final at LA Invite – Matt Grevers with Meet Record 54.00

Ryan Murphy had broken the meet record in prelims going 54.05, but since the Cal men’s team had flown home after the morning session he wasn’t there to defend his new title in finals.

Tucson Ford’s Matt Grevers and Ashley Delaney of Australia were there, though, and both men bettered Murphy’s record. Watch the video to see how the race unfolded. (Lane 1 is at the top of your screen.)

Lane 1 Jack Descombes, Stanford  58.47
Lane 2 Chase Bloch, CLSS  58.00
Lane 3 Charlie Boldison, SCOT  55.34
Lane 4 Ashley Delaney, AUS  54.03M
Lane 5 Matt Grevers, FORD  54.00M
Lane 6 Luca Spinazzola, Trojan  56.90
Lane 7 Bryce Bohman, FORD  56.36
Lane 8 Austin Ringquist, FORD  57.86

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ERVINFORTHEWIN
6 years ago

Matt is still the clear favourite for Nationals on 100 back . I hope he can dip under 53 . Concurence will still be challenging him deeply . One of the best races to follow with the 100 fly .

bobo gigi
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
6 years ago

You’re right.
I’ve counted around 20 guys able to swim under 53 in the 100 fly.
In the 100 back, around 11 can swim under 54!
Matt Grevers/Michael Phelps/ Ryan Lochte/David Plummer/Nick Thoman (if healthy)/Ryan Murphy/Jack Conger/Andrew Teduits/Shane Ryan/Eugene Godsoe/Jacob Pebley
Matt Grevers is the man to beat.
I don’t know if MP and Lochte will swim that event. It would be fun.
And I expect a big race from Ryan Murphy. It’s time for him to qualify in the US team.

ole 99
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

I believe he already swam for the US senior team at the 2012 SC World Championships.

bobo gigi
Reply to  ole 99
6 years ago

I talked about what it counts the most, long course world championships and olympic games.
He was 6th in 2012 at the olympic trials in 53.92.
He was 3rd last year at the world championships trials in 53.38.
So he’s closer and closer to that qualification.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

U are BOBO , it’s time for Murphy to shine ; he has the background at Boles and now is with great swimming training partners at Cal . He is tall as well . Everything is set for him to shine this year . Go Ryan …
Usa had huge amount of talent on butterfly and backstroke on the men’s side .

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  ole 99
6 years ago

Sorry i meant ” U are right BOBO ” … LOL i forgot one word . It happens in the midst of passionate replying sometimes .

swimzlazy
6 years ago

I really don’t get why Bowman and Phelps don’t ever attempt the backstroke events on the world stage. I don’t see the rationale behind it considering Phelps is just as talented if not more talented at back than the other strokes (with the exception of fly of course). The event seems to fit perfectly into his worlds and olympic schedule if he decides to swim it. Even at Nationals, it would be the only event he would swim on the 4th day. I think it has to do with Phelps not wanting to swim backstroke or not liking to compete in the events for whatever the reason. I bet Bowman has pressed him to give it shot even in previous… Read more »

Rafael
Reply to  swimzlazy
6 years ago

We would have to see if he could keep all the races without one affecting the other.. based on London and last GP (Amazing Fly, Good Back but not so good free) he can´t keep swimming every day fast anymore.. and getting on the relays is more important than take extra chances and getting off the top 6 on 100/200 free..

TheTroubleWithX
Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Regarding missing the relays…the three events for Phelps that he’ll need to qualify for relays are the first three days of Nationals (100 free, 200 fee, 100 fly, in that order). So, the 100 back and/or the 200 IM would just be icing on the cake, so to speak. As a fan, I’m still looking for him to rest day 4 and bust out a nice time on the 200 IM, simply because the 200 IM is probably my favorite event to watch.

bobo gigi
Reply to  swimzlazy
6 years ago

Yes. I repeat that some fans forget he isn’t a youngster anymore and can’t swim multiple races anymore.
However, I agree with Swimzlazy about the 100 back in Irvine. It’s on day 4. Swim that event for fun MP and if you qualify, swim it also at Pan Pacs.
My wish is that he swims in Irvine the 100 fly, the 100 back and the 100 free.

And because I’m a realistic fan, my wish is that he will focus only on the 100 fly in individual in the next 2 years.
In Rio, 1 individual event and 3 relays will be well enough for MP.
Sorry for being realistic. I’m a huge fan but at the same time realistic.

Rishabh Meswani
6 years ago

What is the fastest time in the 100m backstroke this year?

Reply to  Rishabh Meswani
6 years ago

Top time in the world so far is 52.34 by China’s Xu Jiayu. Top American is Grevers at 53.72.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Jared Anderson
6 years ago

At Nationals , i can see Grevers around 52.40 with a good taper or without . Plummer can be damn fast as we have seen last year in Barcelona . It’s gonna be an exciting race . Murphy could surprise or any other youngster on the rising .

TheTroubleWithX
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
6 years ago

I would not be shocked at all if Murphy pulls off a win here. He, Grevers, Phelps, Thoman, and Plummer are all within 0.4 of each other this season.

ole 99
Reply to  TheTroubleWithX
6 years ago

I’m rooting for him, but I fear age is not on Grever’s side as we move towards 2016. The guy from China Murphy, and Hagino lead a pretty young pack coming up. Probably going to have to be 51.5 to medal in Rio.

aswimfan
Reply to  TheTroubleWithX
6 years ago

I highly doubt it will take 51.5 to medal in Rio. That’s too fast. No one has even dipped under 52 in textile and we thought it was a perfect swim when Lacourt swam 52.11

felixdangerpants
Reply to  TheTroubleWithX
6 years ago

there is no way 3 guys will be under 52 in rio let alone 51.5 & hagino as good as he is at backstroke is not a 100 backstroker & I would be very surprised if he ever goes under 52.5

ole 99
Reply to  Jared Anderson
6 years ago

Time for the national’s 100 back preview?

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