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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dude
3 years ago

wow. sizzling. That last 150 was nuts.

Steve Swims
3 years ago

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.

mikeh
Reply to  Steve Swims
3 years ago

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

Swimfish87
3 years ago

Please someone has to have the video of the mile!

Reply to  Swimfish87
3 years ago

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

Swimfish87
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
3 years ago

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

WantsToWatchZaneGrothe
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
3 years ago

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

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  WantsToWatchZaneGrothe
3 years ago

Hmm…. that’s odd.

completelyconquered
3 years ago

Dang, couldn’t the announcer have said something about being on or ahead of AR pace during that?

SwimGeek
Reply to  completelyconquered
3 years ago

I had same reaction but I suspect the announcer was lulled into complacency during the first 300, where Grothe fell farther and farther behind AR pace with each passing 100 (he was 0.95 behind at 300). Then he closed in a 49.6-49.1 flurry to smash the record! Clark Smith was home in 1:40.9; Grothe was home in 1:38.8. Unreal.

David Berkoff
3 years ago

Other than Ledecky when was the last time someone won a nationals 500 A final by a 25.

meeeeee
Reply to  David Berkoff
3 years ago

huh? He won by 3 seconds which was only from about the flags

SwimGeek
Reply to  David Berkoff
3 years ago

What race were you watching? D’Arrigo was right with him until the 400 and finished a few sec back.

coacherik
3 years ago

Anybody else notice how awesome those turns sounded with the microphone placement?

IM FAN
3 years ago

Clark said the record was weak, broke it by a little, and suddenly it gets smashed. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time we see this record broken this season, I think Auboeck has a great chance to break it this march. What a great swim from Grothe. I expect to see big things from him at Nats and Pan Pacs this year.

carlo
3 years ago

That last 150 was blazing. He wanted to go a 4:06 low in the 500 and 4:15 in the 1650. He got very close to his 500 goal. 1650 was off by about 3 seconds but still a great achievement.
Would like to know what his goal for the 1000 yard free is.
Long course?

Carlo
Reply to  carlo
3 years ago

14:15 his goal for the 1650

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