RACE VIDEO: Phelps vs Grevers vs Nolan In 100 IM

In one of the coolest sideshows to a college sport event you’ll ever see, national swimming icons Michael Phelps, Matt Grevers and David Nolan went head-to-head-to-head in an exhibition 100 IM at the Arizona State-Arizona dual meet Saturday.

All three are professional swimmers training in the state of Arizona for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Phelps, of course, is swimming’s most famous name, the most decorated Olympian in history and the man with the fastest 200 meter IM time worldwide last year. Grevers is the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 100 backstroke, and Nolan became the fastest short course yards 200 IMer in history at last winter’s NCAA Championships.

The college rivalry extended into the professional ranks at this meet – Phelps and Nolan train with the professional contingent at Arizona State, while Grevers is based out the University of Arizona as part of the Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatic club.

The race ultimately went to Grevers in 47.06, with Phelps going 47.47 for second and Nolan 47.65 for third. The ASU contingent got their revenge in the college dual, though, where the Sun Devil men topped Arizona for the first time since 2002.

Phelps also told SwimSwam that this 100 IM would be the last short course yards race of his career. Phelps has said he plans to retire for good after this summer’s Rio Olympic Games.

You can check out video of the race above, courtesy of Garrett McCaffrey. Of the five swimmers in the race, Phelps is in the middle lane, with Grevers one lane closer to the camera and Nolan one lane further away. You can also get a unique angle in the second video below – it alternates between over-water and underwater views of the battle.

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4 years ago

USA USA USA Grevers is sooooo good at short course sprints 11.76 average for every stroke. No doubt in my mind he would wreck the 100 IM in college. Only guy below 45 in fly and back while still being below 42 in the 100 oh and he can also go an 18 for a 50 truly a great sprinter.

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Utterly ridiculous. Sounds similar to Hoffer: 41.2 in the 100 free, 45’s in both the 100 fly and 100 back, and 19.0 in the 50 free (he’ll most likely break the 19 second barrier very soon).

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

He is in great shape this year – love it

Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Last year, Grevers swam at Masters’ nationals. When he wasn’t graciously signing autographs with hundreds of people, he swam a
21.51 50 back
24.35 50 breast
21.11 50 fly
47.78 100 IM

And Darian Townsend went 47.77 in the 100 IM at Masters’ Nationals the year before. That was the year Nathan Adrian swam the first 50 of the 100 free so fast that the 20 second time delay on the touchpad hadn’t registered and screwed up his final time.

It’s great when these great swimmers show their love for the sport to all the old timers.

4 years ago

Ah how unfair! Grevers only needs to take like 5 strokes/cycles per length, extend his body another few feet, and he’s at the other end! Gosh that was really exciting still, I wish they had done more! Bit scary to think it’s Phelps’ last yards race. Yeah we already went through the first comeback after the “I’m going to retire after these Olympics,” and certainly with a kid on the way he’ll have a lot to focus on. But I think he’s kidding himself a bit much, he definitely loves the pool and being in the water and he’ll certainly stick around to stay in shape (as well as already promising to assistant coach for a year at ASU with… Read more »

coach tom
4 years ago

adam ritter would have beaten him, like he did in the 200im at NCAA’S in 2007!

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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