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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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.


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


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


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.

For the Record

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


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

Coach Mike 1952

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?

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

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