WATCH: Zane Grothe Swims First 4:07 In 500 Yard Free History

As reported by SwimSwam’s Lauren Neidigh last week:

Indiana was on fire to open night 2 of the 2017 U.S. Winter Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. In the first men’s race of the session, Zane Grothe represented the Hoosiers’ postgrad group by scorching an American and U.S. Open Record in the 500 free. Grothe hit the wall in 4:07.25, taking over a full second off the former mark of 4:08.42 done by Texas’ Clark Smith at the 2017 NCAA Championships.

Former record holder Smith, who still holds the NCAA Record, swam the 500 free earlier today at the Texas Invitational. He led the heats with his 4:14.40, but has scratched out of tonight’s final.

Splits Comparison By 100: Zane Grothe vs. Clark Smith 500 Free

SWIMMER 1ST 100 SPLIT 2ND 100 SPLIT 3RD 100 SPLIT 4TH 100 SPLIT 5TH 100 SPLIT FINAL TIME
Zane Grothe(2017) 47.58 50.49 50.32 49.68 49.18 4:07.25
Clark Smith (2017) 47.34 50.13 49.97 50.86 50.12 4:08.42

Grothe battled closely with fellow U.S. National Teamer Mitch D’Arrigo of Florida through the first 350 yards. Grothe turned on the gas in the final 150, blowing away the field and creating a dominant lead down the final stretch. His final two 100 splits were both sub-50. With a 49.18 to close, Grothe cemented his status as the fastest man of all time in the event.

That was a huge best time for Grothe per the USA Swimming database, which shows his former best as a 4:12.98 from 2015. D’Arrigo wound up a few seconds back for silver in 4:10.78, while Marwan El Kamash brought in another medal for the Hoosiers with his 4:16.10 for bronze.

All-Time Top Performers: Men’s 500 Yard Freestyle

PLACE SWIMMER TIME
1 Zane Grothe 4:07.25
2 Clark Smith 4:08.42
3 Peter Vanderkaay 4:08.54
4 Tom Dolan 4:08.75
4 Townley Haas 4:08.92
6 Jean Basson 4:08.92
7 Felix Auboeck 4:08.95
8 Michael Klueh 4:09.32
9 Sebastian Rouault 4:09.48
10 Fynn Minuth 4:09.55

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21 Comments on "WATCH: Zane Grothe Swims First 4:07 In 500 Yard Free History"

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wow. sizzling. That last 150 was nuts.

Steve Swims

D’Arrigo has a really good stroke. I feel like Grothe just wanted it more towards the end of that race. But I think D’Arrigo has a really good chance to break the record in the future.

I bet D’Arrigo wanted it just as badly as Grothe. He just lost this time.

Please someone has to have the video of the mile!

Hoping they will put it up on youtube but if not it’s available on their homepage for now I think.

I can’t find it anywhere USA swimming YouTube nothing.

WantsToWatchZaneGrothe

Its the only video not on their website- not sure why

Lauren Neidigh

Hmm…. that’s odd.

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