EXTRA: Murphy rockets to American Record in 50 m Back on hot Irvine night

TSX EXTRA – for July 28, 2018: Triple Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy has been the U.S.’s best in the 100 m and 200 m Backstroke events for the last two years. But not in the 50 m.

He remedied that on Friday evening with his first U.S. title in the 50 m Back, swimming to a new American Record of 24.24 on the final event of the night at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California.

Murphy got the headline that seemed to be belong to Caeleb Dressel and Chase Kalisz, each of whom swam world-leading times for 2018 in the 100 m Butterfly and 400 m Medley, respectively.

Kalisz said afterwards he was “freaked out” by what he saw on the video board during his Backstroke leg, but it came out fine at the end.