Ryan Murphy Obliterates Pan Pacs 100 Back Meet Record in 52.19


Consider the men’s 100 back world record to be very much in sight Friday night for Ryan Murphy, who broke the Pan Pacs meet record in impressive fashion in  prelims Friday morning.

Murphy split 25.34/26.85 for his final time of 52.19, well under Matt Grevers‘ previous meet record of 52.91, set in 2014. Grevers, the No. 2 qualifier out of prelims Friday, was over a full second behind Murphy in 53.27. Ryosuke Irie was third in 53.68, and Michael Andrew and Justin Ress were next in a tie at 53.69, and will both swim in the B-final.

Murphy is the current world record holder in 51.85, and was 52.51 at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships two weeks ago when he swept all three backstroke races. His 52.19 is the 11th-fastest performance off all-time, just behind his own No. 10 all-time performance of 52.18.

Top 10 all-time performances, if you’re curious:

Fastest Performances Ever: Men’s 100 back
1 Ryan Murphy 51.85
2 Xu Jiayu 51.86
3 Aaron Peirsol 51.94
4 Ryan Murphy 51.97
5 Matt Grevers 52.08
6 Camille Lacourt 52.11
7 Mitch Larkin 52.11
8 David Plummer 52.12
9 Matt Grevers 52.16
10 Ryan Murphy 52.18

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Decision to put Baker instead of Murphy in backstroke and Michael Andrew instead of King is looking even more suspect now! You win some you lose some


Who had the hottest hands coming out of Nationals? Baker and MA. Baker and Dressel laid eggs on that relay The only one who delivered was MA. King has not been a great relay swimmer, typically never splitting better than her individual swim. She was a second off her best in her individual swim, so who knows what she would’ve been. Who’s to say Murphy would’ve been red-hot yesterday, when none of the top two Americans swam a best time (Seliskar maybe by a tenth or two)? Baker was almost a second faster today in the prelims.


50.5 is a far better split than 59.2


Thank you.


MA just swam a 1:00 final, and his PB is only 59.1. Dressel’s is 49.8. So 59.2 is better.


Correct MA’s PB is 59.38, he was faster in the relay.


That’s not how any of this works lol. So I i dove in and swam a 2 minutes breaststroke split because my PB was 2:01, it’s better than 50.5.

Go find my how many people have split better than 59.2 and how many have split better than 50.5


I assume they’re talking about being better for team USA, either relative to other combinations for the relay, or relative to relay splits from other countries. They’re not talking about being better for any specific swimmer.

running start to touch backstroke flags

Anyone have a list of top ten times?


Wow that’s how the girls should split their race in the women’s 100 free if they want to win


Simone Manuel’s aren’t too far off of that


and that’s why she’s the double champ…. Streak in danger though

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