Two Bears Budapest Bound
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two Golden Bears secured their spots on the Team USA roster for the 2022 FINA World Championships with standout performances on the second day of the Phillips 66 International Team Trials at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Ryan Murphy won the 200-meter backstroke in 1:55.01, the fastest time in the world this year, while Trenton Julian earned a spot on Team USA's 4x200-meter freestyle relay with a fourth-place finish (1:46.69) in the 200 free.
Murphy's victory clinched his fourth career World Championships qualification. He was third in prelims (1:57.46) and edged Shaine Casas by 0.45 seconds in the final. Destin Lasco placed fifth in the final, touching the wall in 1:57.31.
"The first one is always going to be a little nerve wracking," Murphy said via USA Swimming. "...but it's nice to punch a ticket and hopefully I can find some things to improve on there and hopefully have some good [races] the rest of this week."
A day after likely earning a spot on the U.S. roster with a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly, Julian left no doubt Wednesday with his fourth-place effort in the 200 free. The Cal standout will swim the 4x200 free relay at Worlds alongside Florida's Kieran Smith (1:45.25) and Texas' Drew Kibler (1:45.32) and Carson Foster (1:45.66). It'll be Julian's first appearance at the World Championships.
Gabriel Jett took fourth place in the 200 free B final with a 1:48.12 finish while Dare Rose was 28th (1:51.12) in morning prelims.
Jason Louser took 10th in the 200 breaststroke prelims (2:15.04) – he did not swim in the finals – and Tom Shields was 15th in the 50 fly prelims (24.52).
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