MEN’S 100 Backstroke – 2014 Austin Grand Prix – reported by Jared Anderson / SwimSwam
A powerhouse 100 backstroke field did not disappoint, putting together a race that was up in the air until the very finish. Ultimately, though, Matt Grevers won, which maybe shouldn’t have been a surprise – he’s been the world’s best backstroker for several years now.
Grevers went 53.72 representing Tuscon Ford Aquatics of Arizona. That was enough to beat former Russian Olympian Arkady Vyatchanin, who made a big closing push to go 53.88 for second. Cal freshman Ryan Murphy was just a tick behind that, going 53.98 for third.
SwimMAC’s Nick Thoman settled for fourth (54.09) in a murderer’s row of a lineup. Behind him were Murphy’s teammate Jacob Pebley (54.53), Stanford pro Eugene Godsoe (54.66) and German nationals Christian Diener (55.68) and Felix Wolf (56.34).
Craig McNally of Scotland won the B final with a nice swim of 55.55. In that same heat, Michael Andrew was not able to break his second NAG record in a row, although he still went 57.41 for 11th place. That’s just .03 off of the NAG record he set this morning.