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Murphy, Seliskar Punch Tickets To Tokyo

Jun 15, 2021
Ryan Murphy won his second consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials 100-meter backstroke title with a finish of 52.33.

OMAHA, Neb. – California post-graduates Ryan Murphy and Andrew Seliskar clinched spots on the 2021 U.S. Olympic swimming roster with a win in the 100-meter backstroke and a fourth-place finish in the 200m freestyle, respectively, at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Tuesday night.
Murphy – the defending Olympic champion and world-record holder in the 100m back – won his second consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials title in the event with a finish of 52.33, just 0:11 off of his 52.22 from Monday night's semifinal. Meanwhile, Seliskar (1:46.34) touched fourth in the 200m free after putting himself in contention with a 26.92 split on the third 50 meters. As the fourth-place finisher in the event, Seliskar earned a spot on the U.S. 4x200m free relay. Full results from Tuesday's semifinals and finals can be viewed here.
Bryce Mefford (52.91) continued his impressive week in Omaha with a sub-53 finish to place fourth in the 100 back.
Tuesday's action concluded with the 200m butterfly semifinals, where Trenton Julian hit 1:55.35 for the third-fastest swim across two heats and earned a spot in the finals. Julian, the 2021 NCAA runner-up in the event, was just 0:14 off of top finishers Luca Urlando and Zach Harting (1:55.21). Cal post-grad Tom Shields (1:58.73) – a 2016 Olympian in the event after placing second at the U.S. Trials – placed 14th.
200 Free (Finals)
4. Andrew Seliskar (1:46.34) – qualified for Tokyo Olympics

100 Back (Finals)
1. Ryan Murphy (52.33) – qualified for Tokyo Olympics
4. Bryce Mefford (52.91)

200 Fly (Semifinals)
3. Trenton Julian (1:55.35) – qualified for finals
13. Tom Shields (1:57.92)
Wednesday's preliminaries feature the 100m free, 200m breaststroke and 800m free. Focus will then shift to the evening session, which includes the 100m free semifinals, 200m fly final and 200m breast semifinals. Prelims begin at 8 a.m. PT and semifinals start at 4:45 p.m. PT. Prelims will be streamed on and the NBC Sports app while semifinals will be televised on NBC/NBCSN.
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