Ryan Murphy is still only 17 years old, but he’s already got a seven-tenths of a second advantage on any other 17-18 backstroker in history (namely, Jack Conger) after swimming a 53.38 in finals of the men’s 100 backstroke on Friday night in Indianapolis, Indiana.
His swim was at the same time exciting and disappointing. It was exciting as the result broke his own National Age Group Record of 53.62 from prelims (which belonged to Conger at 54.07 before that). The disappointment is that the result was only good enough for 3rd, coming in behind Matt Grevers (53.25) and David Plummer (53.10), meaning Murphy won’t qualify for Worlds (barring something miraculous on Saturday).
Murphy will now settle in for the summer and prepare for his first season at Cal, where he’ll swim next fall under Dave Durden.
Here’s the comparative splits from Murphy’s morning record, evening record, and the old mark.
Conger ’12 – 26.50 – 27.57 – 54.07
Murphy ’13 (AM) – 26.06 – 27.56 – 53.62
Murphy ’13 (PM) – 25.91 – 27.47 – 53.38
Including times done with he was only 16, Murphy now has the four best times ever done by a junior (18 & under) swimmer in the United States: 53.92, 53.76, 53.62, and 53.38.