Ryan Murphy wins 200 backstroke, qualifies for 2021 Olympics in second event
Dressel adds pair of sprint records
Time to add one more event to Ryan Murphy's Olympic schedule.
Already champion of the 100-meter backstroke, the Bolles School graduate qualified for a second event on Friday night, securing his Olympic berth for the United States in the 200 back at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb.
Caeleb Dressel also smashed two more records in a 15-hour span, while progressing to the final in the 100 butterfly.
Seeded first from the semifinal round, Murphy touched the wall first in 1:54.20 seconds to earn one of the nation's two Olympic spots in that event, joining fellow Cal swimmer Bryce Mefford on the U.S. team.
He has already qualified for the 100 back, which he won on Tuesday night, and will likely see relay action for the United States next month in Tokyo as well.
Murphy won three gold medals five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, and set a still-intact 100 back world record while leading off the men's medley relay.
Meanwhile, Dressel stayed on course for a second individual event, smashing his own U.S. Open record — the fastest swim at the distance ever in an American pool — during the semis of the 100 fly.
Dressel touched the wall in 49.76 seconds in his semifinal, advancing to Saturday night's late final. He won the event at both the 2017 and 2019 world championships, and had tied his previous U.S. Open record earlier in the morning session.
On Saturday morning, he also broke the competition record for the 50 freestyle, swimming 21.29 to win the single-length sprint during the preliminary rounds.
The Clay High School graduate has already qualified for the 100 free for the Olympics, and is expected to race multiple United States relays as well.
Paxon School for Advanced Studies graduate Tyler Watson finished 13th in the men's 1,500 free preliminaries in 15:30.61, outside the top eight needed to qualify for the finals.