Video interview is courtesy of Kelsey Floyd. Video edit is courtesy of Coleman Hodges.
2013 US Winter National Championships – Men’s 100 Backstroke – as reported by SwimSwam
The 100 back was a showdown between the red-hot Nick Thoman, who was just off the American record leading off the 400 medley last night and was a part of the American record-breaking 200 medley relay earlier tonight, and the current American record-holder and 100 butterfly winner Matt Grevers. Grevers had the early speed, leading for the first 75 yards, but Thoman clawed back on the final underwater, blowing past Grevers, who appeared to be feeling the effects of his 100 fly race just a few events earlier. Both broke the old American record of 44.55 – Thoman was 44.07 and Grevers 44.49. Thoman’s win was thanks to his outrageous 22.47 back-half split.
Cal freshman Ryan Murphy was third overall, going 45.77, just a few tenths off his lifetime best. That is the second-best 100 back time in the NCAA so far behind only Mitchell Friedemann of Arizona who went 45.52 in prelims at the Texas Invite and is yet to swim again tonight. New York Athletic Club’s Arkady Vyatchanin came in just behind, going 45.88.
Michigan post-grad Sean Fletcher dropped half a second off his prelims time to win the C final in 47.74.