Back at the Austin Pro Swim in January, Matt Grevers dropped a 53.31 in the 100m backstroke. He said he was barely back into training at that point, that he did one hard week of work, then backed off for the Austin Pro Swim. Since then he’s been nose-to-the-grind-stone.
At the Mesa Pro Swim Grevers notched another 100 back win in the series, 54.1. Post race, in the media zone, he was sober about his challenge this summer against Cal stars Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy to make the 2017 U.S. World Championship Team. If you make Team USA in the 100m backstroke, it’s essentially a relay medal.
Prediction: In January I predicted Grevers would swim 52.4 or faster in the 100m backstroke at the U.S. Nationals this summer. I think that’ll be enough to make the 2017 U.S. Worlds Team. I’m sticking by my prediction. What do you think?
This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.