Ryan Murphy Breaks Down Cal Training Camp: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Three-time 2016 Olympic Champion Ryan Murphy regained his focus in 2018 sweeping 100-200 backstroke at the Pan Pacific Championships. Coming off of Short Course Worlds, after the holidays, Cal hammered a hard training camp at the Olympic Training Center, one which head coach Dave Durden said was their best to date.  In this interview, Ryan breaks down the training environment, and why he thinks Cal is on the road to success.


With solid work under his Ryan and more to come this spring, how fast will Ryan swim at 2019 World Championships? I know it’s early for predictions, but Ryan’s a stalwart star. He always performs, even when he’s slightly off, like at 2017 Worlds. He won bronze in the 100m back, 52.59, but swam a 52.34 on the leadoff of the mixed medley relay. In 200m back he was 1:54.2 for the silver.

Ryan – Olympics in Rio:

  • 100m back – 51.85 (PB)
  • 200m back – 1:53.62

Ryan – 2018 Pan Pacs:

  • 100m back – 51.94
  • 200m back – 1:53.57 (PB)

Mel Prediction for 2019 Worlds:

  • 100m back – 51.6-7
  • 200m back – 1:53.0

I know 1:53.0 is a tall order and a shaky prediction. Evgeny Rylov has been coming on strong, edging Ryan at 2017 Worlds and topping the 2018 Word Rankings with his European Champs win, 1:53.36. However, 2019 is a defining year, a moment when Ryan’s got to double-down on his 2-back training if he wants to stop the Rylov onslaught.  What do you think? 

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

I always look forward to these

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 year ago

It will be great year without a doubt

2 years ago

I think aaron peirsol’s WR is crazy. He was only wearing the legs too, so I don’t know if it’s even fair to put it in the same class as the other ridiculous suited records.

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

Kinda makes you wonder what Phelps or Lochte would have been in an arena x glide.

2 years ago

That 200m back record may be untouchable for now.

Murphy/Lochte/Larkin/Rylov/Xu all at their peak haven’t really been close to it.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

I could see Rylov or Murphy cracking 1:53 this year but even that would be a pretty incredible swim

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

The question has become whether athletes/events are so specialized now that his best 200 back detracts from winning the 100 back and whether we’ll ever again have a 100/200 #1 in both events of any stroke. For whatever reason (probably fewer stroke technical innovations) backstroke has been the holdout in this trend. Schooling, Peaty, Dressel don’t even try the 200s of fly, breast, free any more.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Dressel does 200 free..

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

there have always been 100 specialists and 200 specialists. There will continue to be people who can do both. Murphy won 100/200 gold in 2016 so it seems weird to wonder if it will EVER happen again haha

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

I think we just happen to have a series of good 100 specialists on the men’s side at the moment in Peaty/Schooling. (Even with them, Dressel and Schooling could be good 200 flyers, they just don’t focus on that event much in favor of other things, and Peaty does have a good 200 breast: 2:08.3 lifetime-best.) Pretty much all the good male backstrokers (Xu, Kolesnikov, Rylov, Murphy, Irie, Larkin) do both the 100 and 200. And most of the top women in the non-free strokes are also multi-distance threats (King, Efimova, Baker, Seebohm, Masse, R.Smith, Zhang Yufei). The only real exception is women’s fly, where the field is currently dominated by sprint fly/free hybrids like Sjostrom and Ikee, who could… Read more »

Reply to  Jared Anderson
2 years ago

There is no such a thing as “200m” specialist. The weirdest competition that isn’t related to any biological features like muscle type or respiratory and endocrine system. Who are in this competition? The ones who had little chances for success in sprint and are not tough enough (endurance) to swim 400. Or some exceptionally rear talents like Sjostrom from the sprint side or Ledecky and Sun from the long distance side who in no way like this distance. No wonder that of a few suit records left on the women’s side practically all of them are about 200. 200 distance is too long to have enough body’s first response resources to the stress and is too short to to get… Read more »

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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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