Reported by Lauren Neidigh.
MEN’S 800 FREE:
- GOLD: Zane Grothe, 7:55.53
- SILVER: Marwan El Kamash, 7:55.75
- BRONZE: Jordan Wilimovsky, 7:58.10
As Zane Grothe held his lead down the stretch, he and teammate Marwan El Kamash had another close finish. El Kamash brought it home in 56.50 to Grothe’s 57.00, but ran out of room as Grothe won it by 2 tenths. That comes after last night’s extremely close 200 free in which El Kamash out-touched Grothe by .02. They’ll battle again tomorrow in the 400 free.
Wilimovsky, who got third behind the two Bloomington based swimmers, is best known for his feats in open water. He garnered a silver medal last summer in Budapest in the men’s 10K. This season, with the 800 becoming an Olympic event, the Team Santa Monica swimmer will compete at Open Water Nationals as well as the Phillips 66 Nationals, trying to make the Pan Pac squad in both pool and open water swimming.