Ryan Murphy College Swimming Update: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

  19 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | December 15th, 2016 | Gold Medal Minute, News, Video

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Ryan Murphy, on the men’s side of Team USA, is it.  He’s the star.  After Rio, after taking three Olympic gold medals, he’s the man to watch.  For me, he sealed his status in the history books when he broke the world record in the 100 back leading off the medley relay.  I didn’t see that coming, not even after his 43.4 100 yard back at 2016 Men’s NCAA DI Championships.  If Michael Phelps hadn’t been in his swan song Olympic chapter, Murphy would’ve captured most of the network primetime love.  He’s clearly on track to icon status like his Olympic brothers Aaron Peirsol and John Naber.

Ryan was nice enough to check in with us at the 2016 Georgia Invite. He appeared very relaxed and in his element. The guy loves his Cal Golden Bears.  After his astounding swims at the 2016 NCAA Championships, can he improve on the performance, individually?   Post Olympic years can be sleepy, and times don’t matter at NCAAs. It’s all about the points.   Bearing that in mind, will Murphy swim faster than 43.4 100 back or 1:35 200 back in Indianapolis in March 2017?    I’ll play.  I say he’s faster in 100 back by hair, 43.2. In the 200 back, he’s slightly slower. What do you think?

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What is the song around 2:20 in the video?

Interesting question about whether he will ever become competitive internationally in non-backstroke events. 2IM seems possible – on the one hand, in the post-Phelps and (possibly) post-Lochte era, the 200IM is wide open. And Murhpy’s backstroke translated perfectly well to LCM – as I have said before, his walls are great, but his not dependent on them at all; he is fantastic on the surface. Key question is, and I think this remains to be answered, is that true for his other strokes too? 100/200 free – I see a little more likelihood in the 100, but both are a possibility. Wouldn’t shock me if he makes both freestyle relay squads for Worlds/Tokyo. I find this interesting because, like breastroke… Read more »

I’ve thought for the last couple years that he had a shot at the 4×100 and he could probably do a good 200 as well although I think he is generally a little better at 100s. Thankfully with just prelims and finals at WCT he does have to worry as much about freestyle races interfering with his baby. I don’t think his 200 IM will ever translate to the big pool. He relies on world class pullouts in that race and then gives up too much grounds on the surface.

the Lochte comparison is an interesting one. It’s a too competitive now for him to try and train for anything other than backstroke. I think 100 free is his best option but even that is hard breakthrough especially if the relay only swimmer rule is in effect for worlds. People were wanting Conger to swim on the relay in rio so how is Murphy going to get a chance

Lochte was a Backstroker first that transitioned to all strokes

So he was sorta an all around swimmer

Yes but by the time he was a senior, he won the 200 IM 400 IM and 200 Back at NCAAs. I’m pretty sure he also broke Dolan’s 400 IM record that year


I’m REALLY interested to see what Murphy goes in the 50 back. Last time he swam it was at the 2013 World Trials.


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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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