Elizabeth Beisel, a former UF standout, is helpingTeam USA at another world championships. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Elizabeth Beisel and Matt Grevers have been through this before.
Many times, in fact.
But they’re still walking around the deck of the glittering Duna Arena looking a bit wide-eyed, as if they can’t quite believe they’re here for another world championships.
Grevers thought his career was over last summer. Beisel, a former standout at the University of Florida, figured she was all done last month.
Yet here they are, in this elegant European capital, serving as captains of the mighty U.S. team.
“Having one more opportunity to do it means more than anything,” Beisel said. “This is more exciting than when I made my first team.”
Grevers is one of the great backstrokers in America’s long, proud history in that event, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and back-to-back 100-meter champion at the 2008 Beijing Games and four years later in London.
He didn’t even get to Rio.
Grevers stunningly finished third in the U.S. Olympic trials , a finish that left him pondering retirement from full-time swimming. His wife was pregnant with their first child — daughter Skylar Lea was born in November — and it looked like a new generation led by Ryan Murphy had passed him by.
“It was tough,” the 32-year-old Grevers said. “You convince yourself that you’re going to make it. That’s the only outcome you see in the race. Then you see a 3 next to your name when you really want to see 1 or 2. It took me a long time to recover. I think it was minor depression.”
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