Ryan Murphy ran away from the field, leading off the 400 medley relay with an impressive 100 backstroke time of 44.17. That time smashed Ryan Lochte’s Championship and NCAA record from 2006 of 44.60. Murphy is now within 1 tenth of a second of Nick Thoman’s American record of 44.07 from the 2013 US Winter National Championships.
California lead through the first 2 legs of the race with crazy splits from Murphy and Chuck Katis. Texas’ Joseph Schooling threw down a 43.9 100 butterfly to run down California’s Justin Lynch and even things up going into the final leg.
California finished second with a final time of 3:01.60, breaking the American record. Texas won the event with a new US Open record of 3:01.23. Joseph Schooling competes for Singapore internationally, which makes the Texas relay ineligible to break the American record.
Take a look at the final splits below:
- Ryan Murphy – 44.17
- Chuck Katis – 50.12
- Justin Lynch – 45.57
- Seth Stubblefield – 41.84