Anthony Grimm is a competitive swimmer who hails from Virginia. He made headlines in his sophomore year at the Virginia State high shcool meet, where among other stellar swims, he split 20.87 in the 50 back leading off the 200 medley relay.
High School (Oakton)
Grimm was ranked #1 on SwimSwam’s Way Too Early Recruit Ranks for the Class of 2021. On October 2, 2019, Grimm announced his verbal commitment to swim for the University of Texas.
During his freshman year at Oakton, Grimm helped Oakton to a 3rd place finish at the VHSL Class A state meet. This included winning the 100 back (49.15), leading off the winning 200 medley relay (22.20), placing 2nd in the 100 fly (49.30), and splitting 20.6 on the 8th place 200 free relay.
Grimm made serious progress in his sophomore year, and turned heads at the VHSL State meet. He started the meet off by splitting 20.87 in the 50 back on the winning 200 medley relay, seemingly becoming the first high schooler to ever dip under 21 seconds in the 50 back. He went on to win the 50 free title in 19.67, and then anchor the winning 200 free relay in 19.28. Grimm was the top seed in the 100 back out of prelims, but didn’t end up swimming in the finals of the event. However, his contributions did help the Oakton boys to a state title.
Coming into the state meet in his junior year, Grimm had suffered a stress fracture in the lower right side of his back from overuse and been out of the water for 2 months. After being back in the water for just 6 weeks, Grimm still swam to state titles in the 50 free (19.79) and 100 breast (53.86, breaking Andrew Seliskar‘s state record from 2014). He also split 21.25 leading off Oakton’s 3rd place 200 medley relay and 44.74 on their winning 400 free relay, helping his school to a 3rd place finish.
2019 NCSA Spring Championship
Coming off of a stellar state meet in his sophomore year, Grimm kept the good times rolling in Orlando a few weeks later. He took titles in the 100 breast (52.51), 50 breast (24.14), 50 fly (20.73), and 100 back (45.60, new age group record).