USA National Teamer, NCAA finalist, and Pac-12 champion Grant Shoults underwent shoulder surgery this week after sitting out much of the fall semester with a previously undisclosed injury, he posted on Twitter Thursday.
Shoults, a junior at Stanford University, posted the following statement:
“After 3 months of battling chronic pain, I underwent successful shoulder surgery. Thank you to my family, friends, teammates, coaching staff, athletic trainers, Dr. Geoff Abrams, the Stanford Medical staff, USA Swimming, and Dr. Warren Kramer as well as the Kramer family in their never ending support and dedication to my mental and physical health. I am excited to go through life pain free with the ultimate goal at getting back to the competitive level I was at in the water. Everything happens for a reason and this is just a testament to God’s plan. I am sure that this bump in the road will allow me to grow as an individual and as a athlete. As always, I will continue being my Stanford teammates’ biggest fan as we continue striving for our goals together in and out of the water.”
The 21-year-old Shoults had a breakout summer, taking second in the 400 free at the 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals Championships to make the United States’ 2018 Pan Pacs Team. In Tokyo, he placed fourth in the 400, qualifying for the 2019 FINA World Championships team. Shoults returned to the States and sat out Stanford’s early-season dual meets, making his NCAA season debut at the Texas Invite at the end of November. There, he swam only the 500 free, going 4:20.23 in prelims and 4:28.95 in finals.
Shoults was the Pac-12 500 free champion in both of his first two seasons; he also took third in the 200 free and second in the 1650 his freshman year. He placed fourth in the 500 at both the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Championships.
Though losing Shoults – who totaled 18 points at last year’s NCAAs and 42 at conference – is a big hit to the Stanford men, the team remains relatively deep in mid-to-long-distance freestyle events. Freshman Jack Levant currently ranks in the top six in the nation in both the 200 and 500 free (and nabbed a Stanford record in the 200 in Texas), and junior NCAA finalist True Sweetser currently is 12th in the 500. In the mile, Sweetser, sophomore Johannes Calloni, and junior James Murphy all rank in the top-10 nationally.
SwimSwam has reached out to Stanford for a timeline on Shoults’ recovery process.