Cal’s Murphy Fourth in 200 Back at Pan Pacifics
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – Cal swimmers continued to perform well among the world’s elite as the USA’s 400 free relay – featuring Golden Bears Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin – captured silver, while Cal sophomore Ryan Murphy finished fourth in the 200 back Saturday at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
Adrian and Ervin, who are both individual Olympic gold medalists and continue to train in Berkeley under Cal coach David Durden, were joined by fellow Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte on the U.S. 400 free relay that was second to host Australia (3:12.80 to 3:13.36). Phelps swam the lead-off leg (48.88), Adrian the second leg (47.71), Ervin the third leg (48.57) and Lochte was the anchor (48.20).
Cal’s Murphy continued his impressive performance against the world’s top swimmers with a time of 1:56.17 in the 200 back. On Thursday, he had won a bronze medal in the 100 back. Two weeks ago, Murphy had silver medals in the 100 and 200 back at the U.S. Nationals.
As a freshman for Durden’s squad in 2013-14, Murphy was the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year and was the 2014 NCAA champion in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, helping Cal to its third NCAA team title in the last four years.
Another member of Durden’s Cal squad, junior Jacob Pebley, swam a time of 1:58.46 in the 200 back prelims. On Thursday, Pebley had clocked a time of 54.57 in the prelims of the 100 back.
An additional Cal star competing Saturday was former standout Tom Shields (2010-13), who swam a 52.00 in the prelims of the 100 fly. Shields had captured both the 100 and 200 fly at the 2014 U.S. Nationals in Irvine.
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