By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Talk about pressure to perform. For Matt Grevers, a top finish in the 100-meter backstroke Saturday night at the Missouri Grand Prix was a virtual necessity to pull off a surprise medal-stand marriage proposal to his girlfriend and USA national swimming teammate, Annie Chandler.
Grevers upheld his end, earning gold in a time of 53.57 seconds. So did a jubilant and tearful Chandler, thanks to some behind-the-scenes planning by Andy Grevers, an assistant swimming and diving coach at the University of Missouri who sneaked his brother the engagement ring.
The couple trains in Tucson, Ariz., where Grevers relocated after winning four NCAA titles at Northwestern and then two gold medals and a silver in the 2008 Olympics. Chandler is a 2010 Arizona graduate.
Other winners on Saturday include Amanda Weir in the women's 50 free, Cesar Cielo in the men's 50 free and Rachel Bootsma in the women's 100 backstroke.