Zane Grothe Is Now The 10th Fastest Performer Ever In The 1650

After his 1650 freestyle performance at the 2017 Senior Metropolitan Winter Championships in Long Island, New York, USA Swimming national team member and former Auburn All-American Zane Grothe of Badger Swim Club is now the 10th fastest performer of all time in the race.

Grothe dropped a 14:29.05 to bump two-time Olympic Gold medalist from the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, Tom Dolan, from 10th to 11th overall. Dolan was a 14:29.31 back in 1995 and is the only swim in the top 25 that was done later than 2001.

Top 10 performers of all time list according to USA Swimming

  1. 14:23.52 Connor Jaeger
  2. 14:24.08 Martin Grodzki
  3. 14:24.35 Chad La Tourette
  4. 14:26.62 Chris Thompson
  5. 14:26.70 Larsen Jensen
  6. 14:26.86 Sebastien Rouault
  7. 14:26.97 Erik Vendt
  8. 14:27.33 Ous Mellouli
  9. 14:28.06 Troy Prinsloo
  10. 14:29.05 Zane Grothe 
  11. 14:29.31 Tom Dolan

Of the top 11 swims recorded above, only two other than Grothe’s swim were done at a meet that wasn’t a championship meet such as winter nationals or the NCAA Championships. Erik Vendt swam his 14:26.97 1650 at the 2008 CA Toyota So. Cal Grand Prix, and Ous Mellouli swam his at the 2010 Minneapolis Grand Prix.

Looking at Grothe’s splits, he stayed fairly steady throughout the race, splitting roughly around 53-flat to 53.5. Towards the last 650 yards, Grothe started to play around with sub 53-second splits, his 1500-1600 yard 100 split was a 51.99 before he turned on the jets and came home in a 24.88.

Grothe’s official race splits: 

100: 49.08
200: 1:41.58 (52.50)
300: 2:34.84 (53.25)
400: 3:27.97 (53.14)
500: 4:21.25 (53.28)
600: 5:14.57 (53.32)
700: 6:07.85 (53.28)
800: 7:01.29 (53.44)
900: 7:54.69 (53.40)
1000: 8:48.15 (53.46)
1100: 9:41.13 (52.98)
1200: 10:34.07 (52.94)
1300: 11:27.30 (53.23)
1400: 12:20.07 (52.77)
1500: 13:12.18 (52.11)
1600: 14:04.17 (51.99)
1650: 14:29.05 (24.88)

His top performance in the 1650 freestyle comes after posting a 8:43.00 in the 1000 yard freestyle that according to USA Swimming ranks him seventh all time in the event.

Besides Grothe, Olympic bronze medallist Cody Miller and Ryan Feeley were also competing in the meet for Badger Swim Club. Miller raced in his primary breaststroke events, along with some events that he doesn’t usually focus on.

Miller’s individual results

  • 100 Breast –  52.56 (1)
  • 100 Fly –  48.41 (3)
  • 200 IM – 1:47.05 (1)
  • 50 Free – 20.60 (9)
  • 200 Breast – 1:53.15 (1)

Feeley’s individual results

  • 100 Fly – 49.99 (9)
  • 50 Free – 20.38 (3)
  • 100 Back – 50.77 (6)

 

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Swimmer A
4 years ago

With Jaeger retiring he may wanna start getting back into the mile. He could have a shot at making worlds this summer in the 1500.

Uberfan
Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

A shot but I don’t think he will make it, he’s got 7 people still active ahead of him, including Wilimovsky

Splash
4 years ago

Is there a link to the results?

Admin
Reply to  Splash
4 years ago

It’s on meet mobile at MR Senior Mets Winter Champs

BarryA
Reply to  Splash
4 years ago
korn
4 years ago

Mike Westphal has done a great job with Zane. congrats coach!

Uberfan
4 years ago

Incredible, Zane Grothe was actually one of my picks to make the Olympic team he’s shown a lot of promise, I’m confident with Jaegar gone he can make it, but don’t let this distract you from the fact that in 1998 The Undertaker threw Mankind 16 feet off the ground

Frank
4 years ago

#unshaved #untapered #zerodolphinkicks

Scott
4 years ago

Did he swim a 500 at the meet?

Admin
Reply to  Scott
4 years ago

Grothe’s swims:

100 – 43.98 (lost to Drew Modrov, who went 43.84)
200 – 1:36.23
500 – 4:15.05 (Meet Record)
1000 – 8:43.00 (Meet Record)
1650 – 14:29.05 (Meet Record)
100 fly – 48.08 (lost to Eugene Godsoe, who was 48.02)
400 free relay – led off in 44.78
800 free relay – led off in 1:35.44
400 medley relay – split 47.95 on the fly

Uberfan
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

I thought Godsoe quit

Hswimmer
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

I thought so too.

Scott
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Thanks Braden

Swimmer33
4 years ago

All those pros, training elsewhere, being flown in to rep BAD and they don’t take home the men’s title. Money well spent.

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