Texas’ John Shebat Becomes Longhorns’ Fastest 100 Backstroker


Sophomore John Shebat just became the Texas Longhorns’ fastest 100 yard backstroker in history by way of his scorching lead-off on his squad’s 400 medley relay this morning in Indianapolis. In a prelims field void of Cal’s Ryan Murphy, Shebat scored the only sub-45-second split of the entire morning field – 44.82 – to establish Texas as the 2nd seed headed into tonight’s finals, sitting only behind Mizzou’s mark of 3:02.53.

Heading into the 2017 NCAA Championships, Shebat’s personal record stood at the 45.36 he earned at this same meet last year, leading off the same relay in finals that would go on to win the event title in 3:00.68.  Already this morning, however, Shebat laid waste to that previous career mark by dipping under the 45-second threshold for the first time in his young career, registering a lead-off time of 44.82. That mark surpasses the previous Texas school record and oldest mark on the books, the 44.92 held by Neil Walker since 1997. With his outing this morning Shebat also now checks-in as the 9th fastest performer of all-time in the event.

Splits for Shebat’s 44.82 – 21.31/23.51

Men’s 100 SCY Backstroke All-Time Performers (per USA Swimming, as of 01/18/17)

  1. 43.49 Ryan Murphy USA Atlanta 03/25/2016
  2. 44.07 Nick Thoman USA Knoxville 12/05/2013
  3. 44.49 Matt Grevers USA Knoxville 12/05/2013
  4. 44.60 r Ryan Lochte USA 03/23/2006
  5. 44.72 Ben Hesen USA 03/27/2008
  6. 44.75 Eugene Godsoe Oklahoma 12/13/2012
  7. 44.78 Shane Ryan IRL Austin 03/27/2014 (T)
  8. 44.78 David Nolan USA Iowa City 03/27/2015 (T)
  9. 44.82 John Shebat USA Indianapolis 03/23/17
  10. 44.83 Albert Subirats VEN 03/15/2007

Shebat is slated to swim the individual 100 and 200 backstroke events later in the meet after having scratched the individual 50 freestyle this morning.

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Shane Ryan went 44.6 this year


… and then you realize how unbelievable fast Murphy’s record is.


Crazy part is that he is just scratching the surface of how fast he can be. Only started taking swimming seriously his junior year of high school. I’m surprised he didn’t swim 2 IM today, but Eddie knows waaaaay more than I do so I trust him on that one.


He was a very serious age group swimmer though from probably 7-12

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