June 28, 2010
Congratulations to Bolles’ own Ryan Murphy, who has now surpassed five-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol as the fastest 13 & 14 year old 100 meter backstroker in American history! Ryan broke his ninth career National Age Group record in his home pool at this weekend’s TYR Summer Classic when he stroked his way to a 57.76 finish in the 100 Backstroke.
Peirsol’s record had stood since 1998, though Murphy has been chasing it for the last year. He missed the record by just six-tenths of a second at last year’s Junior National Championships and was just five-tenths off the record at this summer’s Santa Clara International. Just one week shy of his 15th birthday, the TYR Summer Classic was Ryan’s last chance at the mark. Not only did he swim two-tenths faster than Peirsol had at his age over 100 meters, he just narrowly missed taking the Olympian’s 13 & 14 record in the 200 meter Backstroke with a 2:02.86. Peirsol’s best at that age was 2:02.78, putting Ryan a mere .08 off the mark.
Ryan now owns a long course NAG backstroke record in the 10 & Under, 11 & 12, and 13 & 14 age groups.