Ryan Murphy Scores Slot On SportsCenter’s Top Ten

The 2016 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships is proving to be one of the most riveting meets in recent history. California’s Ryan Murphy has been a big part of that, especially last night with his earth-shattering 100 backstroke time of 43.49. Murphy set fire to the pool with his mark that now sits as the new American, NCAA and U.S. Open Record.

For his efforts, Murphy’s smack-down was featured in the 9th slot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day, as tweeted out by Cathy Durden:

Here’s the original report on Murphy’s record-breaking achievement (by Lauren Neidigh):

California’s Ryan Murphy struck once again in the men’s 100 backstroke at the 2016 Men’s NCAA Championships. Murphy claimed his 3rd straight title in the event, lowering his own American, NCAA, and U.S. Open Record to a 43.49. Murphy was almost 2 seconds ahead of the next fastest finisher, Alabama’s Connor Oslin, who posted a 45.32.

Out slightly slower than he was when he first set the record last night, Murphy flipped at a 20.96 to the feet. He came home a little harder tonight, closing in 22.53. His overall time tonight was nearly a second faster than he was last season, when he swam a 44.17.

Ryan Murphy 2016 Finals 20.96 22.53 43.49
Murphy 2016 Relay Split 20.90 22.61 43.51
Murphy 2015 21.36 22.81 44.17

Murphy has now further solidified his status as the fastest 100 yard backstroker of all time, leading a list that includes elite backstrokes Nick Thoman, Ryan Lochte, and Matt Grevers. Murphy now owns 5 of the 10 fastest 100 backstroke performances of all time.

Murphy still has the 50 back to swim on Cal’s 200 medley relay tonight.

All Time Top Performances, Men’s 100 Back:

  1. Ryan Murphy, 2016- 43.49
  2. Ryan Murphy, 2016- 43.51
  3. Nick Thoman, 2013- 44.07
  4. Ryan Murphy, 2015- 44.17
  5. Ryan Murphy, 2015- 44.21
  6. Matt Grevers, 2013- 44.49
  7. Matt Grevers, 2012-44.55
  8. Nick Thoman, 2013- 44.56
  9. (T-9) Ryan Murphy, 2016- 44.60
  10. (T-9) Ryan Lochte, 2006- 44.60

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He’s a second faster than Grevers! His 52.18 is still better, but wow.

Coach Mike 1952

Am glad to see SOMETHING aquatic finally makes SportsCenter’s almost-entirely-land-based Top Ten. It’s about time.


Annoyed that they called it the 100 METER backstroke. Eh, at least it made it.


If he was on sports center, how was Haas not on it? 1:30>43.5


Guess again

:43.4 back
1:29.4 free
1:35.4 back
:40.4 free

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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