Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
MEN’S 200 BACK:
- Pro Swim Series Record: Xu Jiayu, 1:55.04, Indianapolis 2017
- GOLD: Ryan Murphy, 1:56.11
- SILVER: Jacob Pebley, 1:56.40
- BRONZE: Carson Foster, 2:00.73
Cal teammates Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley were neck-and-neck in this one. Pebley led Murphy, 56.70 to 56.96, up front and extended his lead to half a second at the 150-meter mark. Murphy shifted gears on the final 50, outsplitting Pebley 29.17 to 30.00 to take the win in 1:56.11. That was just a half second shy of the Pool Record set by backstroke legend Aaron Piersol.
Luke Greenbank had touched 3rd, but was ultimately disqualified for a 15-meter violation. That bumped 16-year-old junior star Carson Foster up to bronze. Foster battled closely with Robert Hill (2:00.76), doung just enough to out-touch Hill on the final 50.