Matt Grevers

Matt on dreaming big

“I might come up short, but that’s what pushes me to do better.”

Two golds and a silver. Not a bad start for Matt Grevers at his first major international competition, the 2008 Olympics. That’s where he earned a silver medal in the 100m backstroke, and he won two gold medals swimming in the 400m freestyle and 400m medley relays. Matt and his freestyle relay teammates broke the world record in the preliminary heat in 3:12.23, and the finals team lowered the mark to 3:08.24.

Read more about Matt in SPLASH magazine, courtesy of USA Swimming - May/June 2011 | May/June 2013

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  • Birthday: March 26, 1985
  • College: Northwestern University

Sweet Achievement

“Being a part of the 2009 World Championship gold medal 400m free relay team. It’s been my dream to help the U.S. dominate that event again.”

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2012 – Gold, 100m backstroke 52.16 (OR); Gold, 400m medley relay 3:29.35; Silver, 400m freestyle relay (P) 3:12.59
    2008 – Gold, 400m freestyle relay (WR); Gold, 400m medley relay; Silver, 100m backstroke
  • World Championships
    2015 – Silver, 50m backstroke; Bronze, 100 backstroke
    2013 – Gold, 100m backstroke; Silver, 50m backstroke
    2012 – Gold, 100m backstroke (scm); Silver, 50m backstroke (scm); Gold, 400m freestyle relay (scm)
    2009 – Gold, 400m freestyle relay; Gold, 400m medley relay
    2006 – Silver, 400m medley relay (scm); Bronze, 400m freestyle relay (scm)
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2011 – Bronze, 50m freestyle; Gold, 100m butterfly; Gold, 100m backstroke; Gold, 400m freestyle relay; Gold, 400m medley relay
    2009 – Gold, 100m backstroke; Gold, 200m backstroke; Gold, 400m freestyle relay (WR); Silver, 50m freestyle

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