Plummer Pips Grevers On 53.10 In 100 Back

David Plummer [USA Swimming]

The final individual event of the penultimate day of the United States National Championships was a classic case of veterans vs. upstarts. In one corner stood Matt Grevers, the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 backstroke, and 27-year-old David Plummer. In the other corner stood Ryan Murphy, tabbed by many as a future pillar for Team USA, Penn State 19-year-old Shane Ryan. This round went to the veterans, but the upstarts didn’t disappoint.

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The final individual event of the penultimate day of the United States National Championships was a classic case of veterans vs. upstarts. In one corner stood Matt Grevers, the reigning Olympic champion in the 100 backstroke, and 27-year-old David Plummer. In the other corner stood Ryan Murphy, tabbed by many as a future pillar for Team USA, Penn State 19-year-old Shane Ryan. This round went to the veterans, but the upstarts didn’t disappoint.

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Justin Thompson

Both Murphy and Conger are bright stars ready to take over the backstroke mantle in the 100m/200m backstroke. Although almost a year younger, Murphy appears to have developed more physically than Conger. If Conger can get some good dry land training in and increase his core strength I think they’ll be neck and neck in the backstroke for years to come. Conger is also the better of the two in freestyle and fly, it’s too bad he can’t swim a decent breastroke leg so he could do the IM.

Grevers is certainly not in the shape he was last year, but could make some things happen in Barcelona.

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