Matt Grevers 2016 Olympic Games Focus: GMM presented by

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Matt Grevers, the defending 100 backstroke Olympic Champion, has stiff competition at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.  The first weekend in June, Grevers watched nervously as Ryan Murphy dropped a 52.7 in Santa Clara and David Plummer clocked a 52.4 in Indianapolis.  Grevers was a 53.4 in Austin, which, for him, was an improvement over his June 2012 pre-trials performance, a 54.6.

Predicting the 100 backstroke times in Omaha is tough.  I’m a big Ryan Murphy fan, and his stock’s high after the 2016 Men’s NCAA Championship performance, the monstrous 43.49 100 yard back and 1:35.73  200 yard back.

I’m picking: 

David Plummer third in 52.29

Ryan Murphy 2nd in 52.19

Grevers first in 51.8

I know, that’s fast for Grevers, but I think his best time is captured in Omaha, and in world record pace.

CONFESSION: I’m nervous about my picks after Plummer’s 52.4 in Indy.  What do you think?

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I think Murphy sweeps the backstrokes. Any 3 of these guys could break the WR in my opinion but only 2 can make the team, what a shame. I suppose that’s a great problem to have for Team USA… Watch out Mitch Larkin


I think so too, Murphy will sweep the backstroke events. He even has the chance to do the same at the Olympics.


I thought it was crazy 4 years ago that someone could go sub 53 and not making the Olympic team, but going 52.2 and not making it would be insane. I would feel incredibly bad for Plummer if this happened.


I am honestly going to be so sad no matter the result in Omaha. If Grevers is third, the reigning Olympic champion won’t be there to defend his title. If Murphy is third, the young up and comer is shut out once more. If Plummer is shut out, always the bridesmaid never the bride. Left home with a medal winning time once again. I really do not know what to predict. Anything can happen without it surprising people. Of all three are under the world record, than its like, “well yeah their trajectory was headed toward that.” If all three are 52.1 it’s like, “well with that much choppy water splashing you’re bound to slow down a bit.” Literally any… Read more »


Feel you man, but I think Ryan Murphy hurts less by a little bit. He is going to turn 21 and has 8 years at least till he runs out. While Grevers and Plummer are in their 30s

Joel Lin

I am with you here. I can’t even bear to watch this event. It will be absolutely heartbreaking to see one of these guys not make it.

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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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