I remember when Matt Grevers was a senior at Lake Forest High School and I covered the boys state swimming championships. Everyone at the time knew Grevers was special and was going to go on to big things at Northwestern and beyond; he just had that aura around him and we all picked up on it then. It was always just a matter of time when he would do these wonderful things in swimming, not an issue of if he would.
Wednesday night he proved again why we all thought he would be one of the country's great swimmers. Grevers qualified for his second Olympic Games in the 100-meter backstroke at the Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. But -- since this is Grevers we're talking about here -- the 2007 NU graduate qualified in 52.08 seconds, the second-fastest time in swimming history. The current world record is 51.94, set on July 8, 2009 by American Aaron Peirsol.