It was an absolutely scorching end to the preliminary session on Thursday morning in Greensboro, as Hunter Armstrong and justin ress both shattered the existing American record in the men’s 50m backstroke.

Armstrong battled his way to a time of 24.01, smashing ryan murphymore than two tenths of a second to become the second fastest swimmer in history.

Murphy set the previous mark of 24.24 at the 2018 U.S. National Championships in Irvine, the last time U.S. swimmers raced the 50s with a selection on the line. That run also marked the previous U.S. Open record .

A run later, Ress answered the bell, climbing to a final time of 24.05 to just miss Armstrong’s mark and also go under the previous American record. At that same national meet four years ago, Ress set his previous record of 24.31, which ranked him as the second-fastest American swimmer and the 10th-fastest swimmer to ever compete in the event.

Now Armstrong is shooting up to second place all-time, behind Russia Kliment Kolesnikov (23.80), and Ress is now fourth, also behind Great Britain Liam Tancockwho set what has long been the world record of 24.40 in super-suit at the 2009 World Championships.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 50m Backstroke (LCM)

  1. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 11:80 p.m. – 2021 European Championships
  2. Hunter Armstrong (USA), 24.01 – 2022 US Trials
  3. Liam Tancock (GBR), 24.04 – 2009 World Championships
  4. justin ress (USA), 24.05 – 2022 US Trials
  5. Camille Lacourt (FRA), 24.07 – 2010 European Championships
  6. Robert Glinta (ROU), 24.12 – 2018 European Championships
  7. Bobby Hurley (AUS), 24.13 – 2013 FINA World Cup – Dubai
  8. Mark Nikolaev (RUS), 24.23 – 2019 Russian National Championships
  9. Junya Koga (JPN) / ryan murphy (USA), 24.24 – 2009 World Championships / 2018 US Nationals

Kolesnikov, who broke the world record for the first time in 2018 in 24.00, has been under-24 four times, which he did yesterday at the (unauthorized) Russian Championships in Kazan in 23.93.

Factoring in that run, Armstrong’s performance is the fifth fastest ever, while Ress’ is seventh.

All-time performances, men’s 50m backstroke (LCM)

  1. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 11:80 p.m. – 2021 European Championships
  2. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), / Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 23.93 – European Championships 2021 / Russian Championships 2022
  3. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 24:00 – 2018 European Championships
  4. Hunter Armstrong (USA), 24.01 – 2022 US Trials
  5. Liam Tancock (GBR), 24.04 – 2009 World Championships
  6. justin ress (USA), 24.05 – 2022 US Trials
  7. Camille Lacourt (FRA), 24.07 – 2010 European Championships
  8. Liam Tancock (GBR) / Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 24.08 – 2009 World Championships / 2021 Russian Championships

Armstrong, who qualified for the United States Olympic team last summer in the 100m backstroke and has likely already secured a spot at worlds after finishing tied for fourth in the men’s 100m freestyle, set his previous best time of 25.45 in May 2021.

The 21-year-old Ohio State Buckeye was in relatively poor shape at the NCAA Championships last month but showed signs he was going to be good at Greensboro when he posted on social media that he had clocked 52.8 out of 100 in a lead practice. -until the meeting.

Shaine Casas qualified third for the final behind Armstrong and Ress, in 24.45, while Murphy (24.63), Adam Chaney (24.78) and Jack Aikins (24.81) were also under-25.

Casas, Chaney and Aikins all set massive new records and climbed the US all-time rankings. Casas leads the trio, moving into a tie for sixth place with Tom’s Shields.


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