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Northwestern Notebook 7/31

by Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan)

Grevers is Golden

Northwestern made its presence at the 2012 Olympics heard on Monday in the form of a gold medal, as NU alum Matt Grevers set an Olympic record en route to winning the 100 backstroke for Team USA. Grevers finished with a time of 52.16 after finishing second to USA teammate Aaron Piersol in the same event in the 2008 Olympics.

This was Grevers' third overall gold medal — he received two on relay teams in Beijing in 2008 — but his first in an individual event. He has a chance to add to his medal count in the 400 medley relay later this week.

For video of Grevers' win, click here, and read more about it from our very own Chris Johnson.

Another NU Olympian

While Grevers stole the show on Monday, NU still has another Olympian who's gaining some publicity — wrestler Jake Herbert. He won two NCAA titles at NU and won silver at the World Championships in 2009, and he will be wrestling for an Olympic medal between August 5 and 7 at the 185-pound weight class.

For more on Herbert, check out articles herehere and here.

Big Ten Media Days Wrap

Big Ten Media Days were last Thursday and Friday and there were plenty of good storylines from Chicago. Check out our recap of media days, with the best links from InsideNU, Purple Wildcats and the rest of the Internet.

Around the Web

There isn't all that much happening NU-related these days. However, NU begins camp soon and there will be plenty of stories to come from then on. InsideNU will be at camp in Kenosha to bring you all the details. In the meantime, check out these links.

Chris Johnson gives a recruiting update for the past week.'s Chris Emma has a good read on the "Wildcat Family" that coach Pat Fitzgerald pitches to recruits and how the players, more than anything, are Fitzgerald's main recruiting tool.

According to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, Kyle Prater expected to hear from the NCAA about the results of his transfer eligibility waiver in July. While he may not end up hearing in July — Tuesday is the last day of the month — he will almost certainly hear soon, maybe even this week. We'll have more coverage on the situation as soon as it's announced.

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