Reported by Mitch Bowmile.
MEN’S 100M BACKSTROKE FINALS
Top seed: David Plummer (52.12)
World record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
American record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Open record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
U.S Nationals record: 51.94 – Aaron Peirsol
JR World record: 53.67 – Javier Acevedo (Canada)
2012 Winning Time: 52.08 – Matt Grevers
With all the buzz around the pool deck centered around the men’s 100m backstroke and the possibility of a world record, stakes were high. David Plummer‘s been amazing this year, Ryan Murphy has been amazing this year, Matt Grevers is the reigning Olympic champion.
Flying across the pool on the first 50 with the fastest turnover in the entire field, Plummer took the lead turning under world record pace. Right with him was Murphy who also turned under world record pace as the two churned for home.
Plummer and Murphy began to distance themselves in the final stretch from Grevers as Jacob Pebley began to creep up. Murphy got his hand on the wall first securing his spot on the Olympic roster in 52.26 with Plummer second just two one-hundredths behind him in 52.28.
Grevers finished third in 52.76 with Jacob Pebley also dipping under 53-seconds in 52.95.
- Ryan Murphy (52.26)
- David Plummer (52.28)
- Matt Grevers (52.76)
- Jacob Pebley (52.95)
- Michael Taylor (54.04)
- John Shebat (54.20)
- Sean Lehane (54.72) – TIE
- Jake Taylor (54.72) – TIE
For official results click here.