Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Jared Anderson.
For the second consecutive day, Cal Bear Ryan Murphy beat a murderer’s row of backstroking threats by a wide margin. Last night was the 100, tonight the 200, where the rising junior went 1:57.06. That’s just about a tenth off his season-best, which currently sits 9th in the world.
Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary was second, putting up a 1:59.32, and the only other guy under two minutes was Jacob Pebley, Murphy’s college teammate, at 1:59.82.
Colombian Olympian Omar Pinzon was originally fourth, but took a DQ, moving Tristan Sanders of Club Wolverine up into that spot. Sanders was 2:01.60, just ahead of Olympic gold medalist in the 100 Matt Grevers at 2:01.89.
Bluefish’s Connor Green was 2:01.99, coming off his freshman year at Cal, and Michael Taylor, a 16-year-old from Dynamo, was 2:03.56 for 7th. The final A final spot went to Michael Phelps, coming off a big 200 IM and hurting a little bit on his way to a 2:04.11, about a second slower than he was in prelims.
North Baltimore’s Chase Kalisz took the B final in 2:02.84.