Grevers Ready to Battle in Backstroke: GMM presented by

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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?  

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It was a Chinese swimmer who went 51.8, not Japanese. Woops.


Even without Plummer there’s some tough competition. Of course there are Murphy and Pebley, but John Shebat could be a factor with the year he’s had. Then there are a bunch of young competitors that could just pull off an upset, like Michael Taylor, Sean Lehane, etc. I think Murphy, Grevers, and Pebley still battle it out for top two, and Shebet the most likely to upset them.

Mitch Hovis

Shebat looks very dangerous after NCAAs


Dark Horse is in my book Michael Taylor – he was very fast at Trials last year .


Skylar, Boomer, Arlen…what’s the deal with Olympic gold medal-winning swimmers naming their children? Mel, please tell me you didn’t name your kids Blanket and Satchel!


An Olympic goal medalist does not simply name a child something generic

Cale Berkoff

Lol does my name count


Cale is an interesting name.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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