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Bears Excel At TYR Pro Series Mission Viejo

Apr 12, 2021
Ryan Murphy swept both backstroke events at the TYR Pro Series Mission Viejo event.

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – Twenty swimmers with ties to the California men's swimming & diving program competed, and excelled, in the four-day TYR Pro Series event at Marguerite Aquatics Center on April 8-11.
Among the 20 Golden Bears at the event were eight United States National Team members, 11 members of Cal's collegiate squad and one 2021 signee, among others. The long-course-meter event featured "flipped" sessions (evening preliminaries and morning finals) to mimic the Tokyo Olympic schedule.
Cal swimmers were victorious in five events throughout the meet. Ryan Murphy outswam a Cal-heavy field in both backstroke events, winning the 100 back in 53.11 and the 200 back in 1:56.27. Nathan Adrian (100 free, 48.74), Sean Grieshop (400 IM, 4:16.14) and Zach Yeadon (400 free, 3:51.57) each claimed one event title.
"It was really solid," Murphy said via USA Swimming after the 100 back win. "It's nice to go in there with all the Cal undergrads and mix it up with them a little bit. I think it's great for them too, I think they're comfortable with guys like me and it's nice for them to get experience racing a guy like (Matt) Grevers too."
Golden Bear swimmers went 1-2-3-5-6 in the 100 back finals with Murphy leading a pack of Cal undergrads; Hugo González (53.76) took second, Daniel Carr (53.83) placed third, Destin Lasco (55.04) claimed fifth and Bryce Mefford (55.16) took sixth. On the fourth and final day of the meet, Murphy was one of six Bears who finished in the top-eight of the 200 back. González, Mefford and Carr went 2-3-4 behind Murphy while Lasco and Andy Song took sixth and eighth, respectively.
Adrian earned his first individual win in a full swim meet since announcing his testicular cancer diagnosis in January 2019 and his first TYR Pro Series win since 2018.
Grieshop's win in the 400 IM was his first in a TYR Pro Swim Series event since 2016, while Yeadon's 400 free win was the first of his career.
"(Dave Durden) told me to build into the last 35 meters of each 50," Grieshop told USA Swimming. "I definitely tried to keep that in mind as I was going through it and kind of work the last 250 meters of the swim."
Other standout efforts by the Bears in Mission Viejo included three top-three finishes by Andrew Seliskar in the 200 free, 100 fly and 200 IM.
800 Free
4. Zach Yeadon (8:01.96)
200 Free
2. Andrew Seliskar (1:47.69)
13. Destin Lasco (1:51.15)
100 Breast
7. Reece Whitley (1:01.59)
10. Josh Prenot (1:01.94)
100 Fly
3. Andrew Seliskar (52.21)
4. Ryan Murphy (52.27)
5. Tom Shields (52.39)
9. Hugo González (52.14)
11. Zheng Wen Quah (53.11)
400 IM
1. Sean Grieshop (4:16.14)
200 Fly
4. Zheng Wen Quah (1:59.47)
10. Tom Shields (2:01.82)
50 Free
4. Nathan Adrian (22.29)
7. Björn Seeliger (22.52)
100 Back
1. Ryan Murphy (53.11)
2. Hugo González (53.76)
3. Daniel Carr (53.83)
5. Destin Lasco (55.04)
6. Bryce Mefford (55.16)
200 Breast
10. Reece Whitley (2:13.80)
400 Free
1. Zach Yeadon (3:51.57)
200 IM
2. Andrew Seliskar (2:00.16)
6. Sean Grieshop (2:02.55)
200 Back
1. Ryan Murphy (1:56.27)
2. Hugo González (1:57.51)
3. Bryce Mefford (1:59.61)
4. Daniel Carr (1:59.67)
6. Destin Lasco (2:00.91)
8. Andy Song (2:01.58)
100 Free
1. Nathan Adrian (48.74)
3. Zheng Wen Quah (49.30)
9. Andrew Seliskar (49.64)
15. Björn Seeliger (51.20)
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