Ryan Murphy has outdone himself again. Despite an aggressive charge from Penn State’s Shane Ryan, Murphy managed to sneak his hand on the wall for the win. Murphy’s time of 44.63 lowers the NAG record he set last night during the 400 medley relay at 44.91.
The 18 year-old is making headlines not only on the national age group record books, but the all time books as well. Murphy’s time just missed Ryan Lochte’s NCAA record of 44.60, but with three more years of eligibility remaining, don’t hold your breath. Murphy is developing into a world-class athlete and is throwing down times to prove it. His swim today in Austin will stand as the sixth fastest 100 backstroke in history and is now the 4th fastest swimmer in history.
Murphy just missed Matt Grevers’ Texas Swimming Center pool record of 44.55. Murphy will have the opportunity to defend his own pool record in tomorrow’s 200 backstroke. His record stands at 1:38.15. It will be a very competitive race, and has the potential to be the fastest 200 backstroke A-final in NCAA history. We could/should see 8+ swimmers under 1:40.