0 of the 4 Male U.S. 2012 Olympic Backstroke Medalists to Swim Rio


The American backstroke tradition has been strong for years, but this year, the entire American backstroke squad has seen a roster change. Four separate American men medaled in the backstroke events at the 2012 Olympic Games. None of the four swimmers will compete in London.

Below see the Olympic backstroke medalists from the 2012 London Olympics:

While Thoman didn’t compete in this year’s Olympic Trials, the other four either missed their Olympic spot or scratched the event.

This week, both Grevers and Clary missed the team entirely. Grevers finished third in the 100 back (52.76), fifteenth in the 100 free (49.69), fourteenth in the 200 back (2:00.03). Clary finished eighth in the 400 IM (4:15.41), eighth in the 200 free (1:48.11), sixth in the 200 fly (1:57.42), and third in the 200 back (1:55.33).

Lochte scratched the semifinals of the 200 back to focus on the 200 IM, a strategy that landed him a spot on the Rio Olympic team in the 200 IM with 1:56.22.

The foursome have passed on the torch to Ryan Murphy (100 back: 52.26 / 200 back: 1:53.95), David Plummer (100 back: 52.28), and Jacob Pebley (200 back: 1:54.77).

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Correction: 0 of 4 MALE backstrokers. Not giving up on Missy


Or Beisel!


Time for Clary to announce his retirement!


He already did


the times are wrong…


So are the medals…

About Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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