Swimming: Lake Forest’s Grevers wins 100 back at Olympic Trials
Lake Forest's Matt Grevers celebrates after he won the 100-meter backstroke at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha on June 27 in Omaha. | Al Bello~Getty Images
Updated: July 3, 2012 12:11PM
You could say that Matt Grevers is in his prime.
The Lake Forest swimmer certainly came up with a prime-time performance in Wednesday’s 2012 Olympics Trials in Omaha.
The 6-foot-8 star raced to a first-place showing in the 100-meter backstroke — and he did it in blazing time (52.08). That clocking is the fastest time in the world this year and second best all-time.
The 27-year-old Grevers, an All-American swimmer at Northwestern, is used to glory moments. He claimed the silver medal in the 100 back at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
As he heads to the 2012 London Olympics later this summer, he will be aiming to break the world record owned by two-time Olympic champ Aaron Peirsol (51.94), who has retired.s
Grevers also owns two Olympic golds from the 2008 games: 4x100 free relay and 4x100 medley relay.
Grevers, who trained with the Lake Forest Swim Club, had an unbelievable high school career at LFHS.
He won two IHSA crowns in the 50-yard freestyle (2002 and ‘03). His 19.94 is the state record.
He also earned a pair of state titles in the 100-yard free in ‘01 and ‘02 and owned the state record (44.20) for seven years.
And Grevers took the gold in the 100-yard back (50.54) in ‘03.
He also was part of three winning relays (200 free in ‘02 and 03 and 400 free in ‘03), giving him a total of eight state championships.