August 4, 2012
LONDON – Northwestern graduate Matt Grevers wrapped up competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday as he leaves London with three medals, including two golds, and an Olympic record. The 2007 graduate broke the previous Olympic record of 52.54 in the 100-meter backstroke on July 30, clocking a time of 52.16. Grevers then swam backstroke in USA's gold-medal winning 400-meter medley relay on Aug. 4.
Grevers won his individual gold in the 100 backstroke by edging his U.S. Olympic teammate Nick Thoman (52.92) and bronze medalist Ryosuke Irie of Japan (52.97). This was the first individual gold medal for Grevers, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the same event. He was part of two gold-medal winning relay teams during the 2008 games.
Grevers then clocked a 52.58 during his leg of the relay, helping USA to a winning time of 3:29.35. Japan came in second with a 3:31.26 and Australia took bronze at 3:31.58.
In total, Grevers leaves London with three medals (two gold, one silver). He will receive a silver medal for swimming the preliminary heats of USA's 400-meter freestyle relay. Grevers did not swim in the finals but still receives a medal for helping USA qualify for the finals.
The Lake Forest, Ill., native won a pair of NCAA championships for the Wildcats in 2005 and 2006 in the 100-yard backstroke. He also captured the 200-yard backstroke title and was a member of the NCAA champion 400-yard medley relay in 2007.
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