Matt Grevers Gives Emotional Testimony Standing Ovation After 100 Back Final


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • World Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85 (2016)
  • American Record: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.85 (2016)
  • US Open Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA) – 51.94 (2009)
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 52.53 (2018)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 51.97
  • 2016 US Olympic Trials Champion: Ryan Murphy – 52.26
  • Wave I Cut: 56.59
  • Wave II Cut: 55.51
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
  1. Ryan Murphy (CAL), 52.33
  2. Hunter Armstrong (OSU), 52.48
  3. Shaine Casas (TAMU), 52.76

Ryan Murphy held off an unbelievable late push from the upstart Hunter Armstrong to win his second straight Olympic Trials 100 backstroke title in a time of 52.33, adding just over a tenth to his season-best (52.22) from last night.

That swim from the semi-finals ranks Murphy second in the 2020-21 world rankings.

Armstrong, a 20-year-old out of Ohio State, surprised many when he popped off with a 52.67 swim in the semi-finals, and he went almost a full two-tenths quicker tonight to make the team (most likely) in the second spot.

Turning seventh at the 50 in 25.73, Armstrong turned on the jets coming back, marking the only swimmer in the field to close sub-27 in 26.78. That moved him past early leader Shaine Casas to snag the runner-up spot in 52.48, making him the fifth-fastest American of all-time.

Casas, who owns a PB of 52.72, blasted out in 25.18 but faded a bit coming home, taking third in 52.76, while Bryce Mefford went sub-53 for the third time in two days for fourth in 52.91.

Two of the men expected to challenge for the second spot coming into the meet, Justin Ress and 2012 Olympic champ Matt Grevers, finished fifth and sixth in 53.00 and 53.27, respectively.

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1 month ago

What a Legend, one of my all time Favorite Us swimmer . Expressing so much joy after receiving a Standing ovation seems to have washed out the deception for not making the Team 2 times in a raw . Feeling a bit sad we might not see him again competing at any Big meets …. but again , we never know . thank U Matt , keep enjoying swimming .Thanks the best mind set to keep 💙

1 month ago

Matty G has brought so much to Tucson and will always be considered an (honorary) Wildcat. So much genuineness and passion since he arrived years ago. Don’t think he’ll be going too far from a pool. He has so much to give in many ways. Best wishes to the Grever family.

cynthia curran
Reply to  Azswummer
1 month ago

Well, he can do another swim school in Tucson like Rick Demont. Tucson is sending diver Delany Schnell to the Olympics. In fact Matt Grevers did well at 36 yeas old.

The French Laundry Swim Club
Reply to  Azswummer
1 month ago

“Honorary Wildcat” as in “Arizona Wildcat”?
Gravers graduated from Northwestern so he is “Authentic Wildcat”!

Reply to  The French Laundry Swim Club
1 month ago

Yes, this is true!

1 month ago

IF EVER the term ‘gentle giant’ applied in sports, I suspect that Matt Grevers would be the athlete most acclaimed as such. His gift to swimming was a wonderful Olympic career which has continued at the very highest level for years and years. I’ll never forget his 2012 London gold medal in backstroke. I fear it may be the last appearance, but his mark on the sport he loves and which loved him back shows that integrity and high performance CAN go hand in hand.

1001 Pools
1 month ago

I spent many years in Arizona and saw Matt on deck at every level – from the Pro Swim events in Mesa, to local and national Masters meets, to local USA swimming events. His graciousness, genuine warmth and encouragement to swimmers of all ages was evident every time I saw him. He never failed to stop when people asked for a picture, an autograph, a chat. He’s a gem. I’m hoping he keeps competing on the world stage, be it with ISL or Masters!

1 month ago

As a 17 year old I went to the a 2018 Pro Swim Series meet with a friend to watch, and all I wanted was a Matt Grevers cap from the TYR shop. Sadly, someone bought the last 2. As we sat down, we realized Matt was sitting less than 2 rows away from us, just playing on his phone. He was absolutely lovely and welcoming. Such a kind person and so genuinely excited to talk to anyone he meets. I was rooting for him this week, as I think we all were, but someone like him will always have the chance to do great things. A positive and good person like him will bring positive and good things to… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

A few years back, Matt swam at Masters nationals doing what was essentially promotional work for Tyr. He swam ridiculously fast, but what was so sensational was that he made time for everyone — and I mean everyone — at the meet to shake his hand, get a photo, just chat. There’s a great photo somewhere of one of the oldest women at the meet with Matt. In the locker room (his shoe size is insane) and on deck, he blended in like just one of the swimmers, just way taller and faster. The coolest guy ever. Fantastic ambassador for the sport. Hope he comes back, and often.

1 month ago

I hear he’s a pretty cool realtor 🙂

Disrobed Panic
1 month ago

USA swimming needs to take him aside and figure out how to have him interact with their donors. Great brand, smart guy, personable, checks all the boxes. Pull some strings, Mel!

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