Without any live meets taking place, we’re looking back at the breakout swims and seasons of current U.S. National Team members.
Zane Grothe, 12, Boulder City Henderson Swim Team (BCH-CA): 500 free, 5:01.57 – After hovering in the mid-5:20s in the 500 free from January through November of 2004, a 12-year-old Zane Grothe dropped significant time in five consecutive swims in the 2004-05 season. In December 2004, he had the biggest drop – going from 5:21.17 to 5:11.59 – and then went 5:09.18 in January 2005. Grothe dropped to 5:06.95 in February of that year, and then at March’s Junior Olympics meet, the former American record holder went 5:02.54 then 5:01.57. Grothe didn’t best that time during the 2005-06 season, but broke five minutes for the first time in November 2006 and was at 4:40.33 by the end of that season.
Bethany Galat, 14, South Bend Swim Club (SBSC-IN): 200 breast, 2:25. 73 – A 14-year-old Bethany Galat entered 2010 having never been under 2:30 in the 200-yard breaststroke. In February 2010, she dropped over two second to go a best time of 2:29.42. Three weeks later at the 2010 Indiana Age Group State meet, she dropped to 2:25.73, her first quadruple-A cut in anything longer than a 50 (she’s now a 200 breast specialist on the U.S. National Team). At the same meet, she also picked quadruple-A cuts in the got them in the 100 breast (1:06.99), in which she dropped well over a second, and 200 IM (2:11.53), in which she dropped nearly five seconds.
Chase Kalisz, 17, North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC-MD): 400 IM, 4:26.97 – At 2011 Summer Nationals, his first time ever swimming the long course 400 IM, a 17-year-old Chase Kalisz hit an Olympic Trials cut at 4:26.97. Swimming for Michael Phelps‘ team, Kalisz’s Nationals performance ramped up comparisons between the two. Earlier that summer, the future world champion Kalisz had already secured a Trials cut in the 200 fly (2:02.71), and had one in the 200 breast (2:20.63) from the prior year.
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