The men’s 100 back continues to be one of the most competitive events in the U.S.
Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley are virtual locks for the top two spots in the men’s 200 back at the upcoming U.S. National Championships in Irvine.
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More than three-quarters of voters expressed confidence that the Americans would keep their historic levels of dominance in the men’s 100 backstroke, with no other country getting more than 11% of the total votes.
With a healthy mix of veterans and newcomers, the 50 back is still Justin Ress’ to lose.
Both Chase Kalisz (above) and Leah Smith enter US Nationals with leads, though they’re not insurmountable ones.
Leah Smith took over the Pro Swim Series points lead from absent Melanie Margalis, while Chase Kalisz expanded his lead over Zane Grothe with just one Pro Swim Series scoring event remaining.
Reilman’s PR of 1:58.87 was a best time, moving him right behind Clark Beach in the U.S. rankings.
Ryan Murphy is nearing taper-time. What will it take for the 2016 Olympic Champion to regain the title “Greatest Backstroker on Earth”?
Melanie Margalis scored 9 Pro Swim Series points in Santa Clara to overtake the absent Taylor Ruck for the series points lead on the women’s side. But Katie Ledecky scored another 15 points and is now only a couple wins out of stealing the lead.
Lenny Krayzelburg’s SwimSquad won a tough Santa Clara meet, putting up the second-highest point total of any team at any meet so far. Krayzelburg’s 98 points is second only to the 107 his crew put up in Austin.
Simone Manuel will swim the 50 free on day 4 in Santa Clara.
You can watch Caeleb Dressel’s 100 free win, as well as the 200 IM showdown between World Champion Chase Kalisz and World Record holder Ryan Lochte.