Patrick Groters from Santa Cruz, Aruba has announced his transfer to the University of South Carolina after two years at Denver.
“I am beyond thrilled for the opportunity to continue my college swimming career at the University of South Carolina under Jeff Poppell and the incredibly talented staff he has ensembled. I cannot wait to get to South Carolina, to be part of a team again and to start training. I know this is my chance to improve, to get to the next level in my races. It has been a very trying year, with many moments that I did not know if I would ever swim again, I am grateful for the University of South Carolina and Coach Poppell for believing in me and providing me the opportunity to prove myself both in and out of the water.”
Groters graduated high school in 2018 and went to the University of Denver. In his second year with the Pioneers, he won the 200 back (1:42.20) and 200 IM (1:46.24) and was runner-up in the 100 back (48.26) at the 2020 Summit League Championships. His 200 IM time was a school and conference record.
Groters has spent the last nine months training with his club team, Giants Aquatics Aruba -which is coached by his brother, Jordy Groters– with the goal of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. Groters achieved his best time in the 200 IM (2:01.62) at the 2019 U.S. Open. While he missed the standard for selection to Aruba’s Olympic Team, Groters was the only Aruban to swim an Olympic B-standard during the pandemic, having gone 2:02.95 and 2:01.96 in the 200 IM at the 2021 Bahamas National Swimming Championships last month. Groters did, however, secure his qualifications for both the 2021 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi and the 2022 FINA World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. He will represent Aruba in December at the 1st Junior Pan-American Games in Cali, Colombia in the 100/200 back, 200/400 IM, and 400 free.
Best times SCY/LCM
- 100 back 48.26 (2020) / 55.82 (2019)
- 200 back 1:42.20 (2020) / 2:02.32 (2019)
- 200 IM 1:46.24 (2020) / 2:01.62 (2019)
- 400 IM 3:58.12 (2017) / 4:27.69 (2017)
- 500/400 free 4:31.82 (2014) / 4:02.62 (2017)