Matt Grevers Scratches 200 Backstroke Semi’s

  67 Braden Keith | June 29th, 2012 | Featured, National, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

Despite looking incredibly easy in the 200 back prelims, Matt Grevers has scratched the 200 backstroke semi-final*. He was the 3rd seed in the morning heats in 1:58.90, about a second-and-a-half behind the defending World Champion Ryan Lochte.

The scenario really made this a difficult decision. In this evening’s session, he also has the 100 free final. If he does make top two in this 200 backstroke, he’s a big-time medal candidate. But if he’s on the 400 free relay, he’s a big time medal candidate there as well. The deal-breaker seems to be that making top two in the 200 backstroke would’ve required him to be one of the best 4 in the world, whereas the 100 free didn’t at all.

Grevers already has an Olympic spot on his docket with a win in the 100 back in a 52.0.

That moves Stanford All-American 200 backstroker Matt Thompson (2:01.79) into the final.

200 back semi-final start lists available here.

*We’re pretty sure he means it this time, based on the released start sheets.

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4 years 3 months ago

I called this one. We are in BIG trouble in that 4×100 free relay in London. The three Russians would have went 2,3,4 at the UNITED STATES trials meet.

4 years 3 months ago

So… now all the guys who said 47.5 for Adrian.. 47 high for one other.. 48 low flat for the others can come back to earth? This relay if it gets bronze will be good enough..

4 years 3 months ago

Rafael, based on this final, it will be even quite a battle for USA to win bronze as Russia (and even Brazil) has a chance now.

4 years 3 months ago
Alright I’ll give it to you. I was really banking on some great(if not, atleast good) times from the 100 free final. So after seeing those times. I’ll stick with this… Phelps- 47.9-48.2 Grevers- 47.9-48.00 Jones- 47.85-48.0 Adrian-47.4 Now before you jump the gun let me explain….Phelps WILL be there for London, whether you want to believe it or not, he shows up when he needs too, and for this relay he will. I understand the 400IM is before this, so that’s why my time is alittle wide for him. I believe what Grevers said, he seems like he’ll be a great relay guy so a good time drop there. Cullen Jones has been there before and will be more… Read more »
4 years 3 months ago

I’m still a little skeptical about Jones. Yes he swam well last night compared to where he has been lately.. but I’m not sure how much better he can get

4 years 3 months ago

Also Feigens prelim time is faster than Grevers final time so I’m not sure how they’re going to choose that. If I were them I’d keep phelps off and throw Feigen on for prelims. That will give Feigen a chance to beat out one of those guys and show he’s ready.

Who do you think they’re putting on this relay?

4 years 3 months ago


Thiat was how I got into HUGE argument with Mel Stewart and others who claimed that the US sprinters would go 47.4-47.5, etc (and Phelps goes 47.5) in Omaha.

And I will repeat again, many don’t realize that what Magnussen has done is not only get back the 100 free WR to its line, but he actually revolutionized the men 100 free, ridiculous as it might sound.

Going under 48 is STILL VERY VERY DIFFICULT thing to do.

4 years 3 months ago

Only Sub 48 guys Textile
Pieter Van Den Hoogeband
Brent Hayden

Maybe Agnel can join them on London

100 free is given for magnussen.. But I Think Robert and Cielo are now the “main favorites” for Silver/Bronze (won´t think of an order).. with Hayden and Agnel as the real Darkhorses..

4 years 3 months ago

I just LOVED the NBC interview just now with Missy.

She’s just such a well-balanced, positive girl with great attitude and such maturity for a teenage girl.

I am rooting for her to win 4 individual golds in London!
(unlikely, but still…)

and Missy should go to BERKELEY!


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