After missing the 2016 Olympic Team, 6-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers bounced back in a big way at 2017 World Championships. Missing an Olympic Team is a big blow to anyone, especially a defending champion. It’s usually career ending. Matt Grevers shares how he got back to form and how he’s keeping swimming in balance with life as a father.
MY “2017” GREVERS PREDICTIONS FROM JAN AND JUNE: In January I predicted Grevers would swim 52.4 or faster in the 100m backstroke at the U.S. Nationals. I think that’ll be enough to make the 2017 U.S. Worlds Team. I’m sticking by my prediction.
PREDICTIONS FOR “2018” U.S. NATIONALS & PAN PACS THIS SUMMER: 100m back is a tough call with Grevers, Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley in the mix. I think Pebley makes the U.S. Team for 2019 World Champs and 2018 Pan Pacs in the 200 back. He gets edged by Grevers and Murphy in the 100m back. Murphy wins this summer, however. Murphy’s got more to prove after World Championships last year, and I think he’s right on world record pace in August in Toyko–to break his own World Record mark set at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. I say Grevers swims fast, 52.29. But who cares what I think. What do you think?
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