Ryan Murphy Takes Down 50 Back American Record in 24.24


100 back world record holder Ryan Murphy took down the 50 back American record in finals Friday night at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships.

Murphy, who was the No. 7 American in history before Friday, went 24.24, which included an extremely-fast 0.48 reaction time. The time also gets him the U.S. Open record, previously owned by Junya Koga (24.36 from 2015), and meet record, previously owned by Justin Ress (24.41 from 2017).

The previous American record of 24.33 belonged to Randall Bal, set in 2008. Murphy beat out last year’s national champion Ress, who was also under the old American record in 24.31, and third-place Ryan Held (24.60). Murphy, 23, was the No. 5 qualifier heading into finals with his 24.63 prelims swim. He also won the 200 back Thursday by over a second (1:54.15).

With the win, Murphy punches his ticket to the 2019 FINA World Championships next summer. He now holds the No. 1 time in the world this year, and Ress the No. 2.

Fastest American Performers: Men’s 50 back
1 Ryan Murphy 24.24
2 Justin Ress 24.31
3 Randall Bal 24.33
4 David Plummer 24.52
5 Matt Grevers 24.54
6 Michael Andrew 24.59
7 Ryan Held 24.59
8 Nick Thoman 24.82
9 Daniel Carr 24.86
10 John Shebat 24.88

2017-2018 LCM MEN 50 BACK

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Not sure it’s auto-selected or a mistake, but that’s Morozov’s picture next to Murphy’s name on the top times list

More like ‘it’s not usually Braden’s job to update world rankings so he forgot that when #1 changes you have to change the picture.’ Vlad was the last #1. Fixed, thanks for the heads up.

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Please update the full top 25 world rankings if you can for those of us that just got onto it for the first time!

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Here’s the official exhaustive complete list of ranking database.



Great race by Ryan against a stellar field. It was exciting to see Ryan drop down to the 50. Ryan is in a good position to win the 100 tomorrow which is insanely deep. If successful I think you have to think of Ryan as the backstroke king. Nothing against Aaron because he is awesome, but the landscape has changed and for Ryan to maneuver through it, is really special.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majors in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swims distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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