Zane Grothe Posts Top 10 All-Time 1000 Free at Metropolitan Champs

U.S. National Team member and former Auburn All-American Zane Grothe lit up the pool this weekend at the 2017 Senior Metropolitan Winter Championships in Long Island, New York with a scorching 8:43.00 in the 1000 yard freestyle.  That’s a personal best time for Grothe by three seconds, and #7 all-time, according to USA Swimming’s database.  Grothe, who currently swims for Badger Swim Club, settled into a pace of 26.4-26.7 per 50 during the middle portion of the race, before picking it up over the final 200.

Grothe’s splits on the race:

100: 49.38
200: 1:41.99 (52.61)
300: 2:34.48 (52.49)
400: 3:27.22 (52.74)
500: 4:20.33 (53.11)
600: 5:13.64 (53.31)
700: 6:06.58 (52.94)
6:59.56 (52.98)
900: 7:51.76 (52.20)
1000: 8:43.00 (51.24)

Grothe will be competing again tonight in the 500 freestyle.  Given the results in the 1000, Grothe has a real chance at challenging his personal best 4:12.98 from the 2015 Oklahoma Elite Pro-Am.  For reference, Grothe sits behind six swimmers in the 1000 all-time rankings, including record-holder Clark Smith, who clocked a wicked 8:33.93 this December:

#1: Clark Smith – 8:33.93
#2: Erik Vendt – 8:36.49
#3: Connor Jaeger – 8:41.09
#4: Michael McBroom – 8:42.25
Yannick Agnel – 8:42.58
#6: Robert Margalis – 8:42.64

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5 years ago

Are these results available online? They don’t seem to be listed anywhere.

Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Great swim Zane. On another note, where does Katie Ledecky rank all time with her 8:59.65 1,000 yard free among all swimmers?

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Coach Mike 1952 – the 25th-best performER of all time is Evan Pinion in 8:52.49.

5 years ago

*a year ago December* as I’m sure Morgan knows.

5 years ago

Zane has improved a lot from the coaching Badger Swim Club.

With Conor Jaeger retiring, he’s in the top 3 now in the 400 free.

He looks like he could gain a little muscle, but maybe that’s due to how hard he trains.

Reply to  Marklewis
5 years ago

Don’t both he and Miller train in Indiana and only represent Badger on a financial arrangement? Clarification please.

Reply to  Seeger33
5 years ago

Yes, it’s the Indiana coaches that he works with and then he swims for Badger. That’s what I meant.

Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

Miller does this but I believe Grothe actually trains there now. He has no connection to Indiana, at least. He swam for Auburn from 2010-2014 and I’m not sure if he still trains there or has gone back to his club team.

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Reply to  SwimSwammer
5 years ago

Just Confirming that Zane trains at IU. Congrats to coach Ray Looze

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