Zane Grothe Breaks Down Power Training for the Mile


Reported by James Sutherland.


  • PSS Record: 14:53.12, Jordan Wilimovsky (USA), 2016
  1. Zane Grothe (BCH), 15:20.96
  2. Charlie Clark (OSU), 15:21.30
  3. Ricardo Vargas (CW), 15:23.13

It was a wild three-man race in the men’s 1500, with Ohio State’s Charlie Clark taking full advantage of getting moved up to the fastest heat after Marwan El Kamash scratched out.

Clark, originally scheduled to swim in Heat 2 with three others, went out with top seed Zane Grothe and Club Wolverine’s Ricardo Vargas and stuck with them for the entirety of the race.

However, in what came down to a mad dash on the final 50, it was Grothe getting his hand on the wall first in 15:20.96, edging out Clark (15:21.30) by just over three tenths. Final 50 splits? Grothe – 28.16, Clark – 28.26.

Grothe adds over 10 seconds to his season-best of 15:10.29, set at the first PSS of the year in San Antonio (January), while Clark smashes his old PB of 15:33.51 set at the 2019 Junior Nationals.

Vargas fell off the pace ever so slightly towards the end of the race, touching third in 15:23.13. That marks his fastest swim since August of 2019.

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1 month ago

I’m rooting for Zane to make the Olympic team this time around.

The 400 free final in 2016 was a wild race and he came in 4th, not able to catch Conor Dwyer in time in the final 25 meters.

The 800 is a new event at the Olympic Trials. I think he has the top seeded time going into the meet.

1 month ago

He didn’t break down S*!%…titles all click bait haha

1 month ago

A nice guy

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