SwimSwam Pulse: 51% Pick Grothe’s 500 Free Over 1650

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the more impressive of Zane Grothe‘s two American record distance swims at Winter Nationals.


Question: Which Zane Grothe American Record Was More Impressive?

  • 51.7% – 4:07.25 in 500 free
  • 48.3% – 14:18.25 in 1650 free

In a very tight poll result, 51.7% of voters said Zane Grothe‘s 4:07 500 free was more impressive than his 14:18 mile.

Grothe put up both swims at U.S. Winter Nationals, smashing American records with each swim. The mile had the bonus of being a longer swim, with more time cut off the previous record both in total (4.16 seconds) and per 100 (0.25 seconds). (The 500 cut 1.17 seconds for 0.23 per 100).

The 500, on the other hand, was the first record he broke, which may have made it more memorable. It also cracked into the 4:07s, a flashy number that had been assaulted but never achieved by countless swimmers over a number of years.

Both records were 2017 products from Clark Smith at last year’s NCAA Championships.

The ultimate margin in this poll came down to just 24 total votes.

You can watch race videos below:


Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters to pick the most impressive sibling duo from the Winter Junior Championships (read more here):

Which sibling duo was more impressive at Winter Junior Championships?

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Wow…..the stands looked empty, and noise level was almost zero? Or bad video


Both records are just about equally impressive, but I give the edge to the 1650 just on the basis of how grueling a race it is for elite-level swimmers.

Phelps swims 200 breast rio

His 1650 gets my vote.14:18. The swim is so fast the time looks like typo error.

Go Bearcats

I think people are generally more familiar with 500 times than 1650. I believe that’s the only reason why the 500 won.

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