By USA Swimming | Saturday, March 3, 2018
Olympic medalists Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) and Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) posted 2018 world-bests to highlight Friday’s action at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Atlanta at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.
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Murphy bested his own pool record in the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1 minute, 55.46 seconds to edge teammate Jacob Pebley (Corvallis, Ore./California Aquatics), who grabbed second in 1:55.85. Those swims rank as the No. 1 and No. 2 efforts in the world this year.
“We had a really tough training block the past six weeks,” Murphy said. “We put in some really good work; we were doing some pretty impressive things in practice, so for that to show up a little bit in the pool is nice. I think it’s going to continue to give us confidence to keep on pressing the rest of the season and see how far we can push it this summer.”
Earlier in the session, Kalisz clipped his own pool record in the men’s 400m IM with a time of 4:08.92, also good for the fastest time in the world in 2018 and a 10-second victory.
In other events, Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club) took the men’s 50m free title in 21.93, just out-touching Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics), who was second in 22.09.
Olympian Jack Conger (Rockville, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) earned his second victory in Atlanta in the men’s 200m free in 1:46.96. He won the men’s 100m fly on Thursday.
Madisyn Cox (Lubbock, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics) took the women’s 400m IM in a personal best 4:37.94, while Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio/Mission Viejo Nadadores) also posted a personal best of 24.78 in winning the women’s 50m free.
Canada’s Taylor Ruck posted an impressive double with wins in the women’s 200m back in a pool record and 2018 world-best time of 2:06.36 and in the women’s 200m free in 1:56.85.