Zane Grothe Scratches 100 Free Final After 49.8 Prelim In Des Moines


After breaking 50 for the first time in his career this morning, distance star Zane Grothe will drop the 100 free B final tonight and focus on the 400 free at the Des Moines Pro Swim Series.

Grothe’s previous best time was a 50.48 from 2015, but he smashed that with a 49.85 this morning. He’ll bow out of the B final, though, after taking 11th. Grothe also has the 400 free A final tonight, where he’s the top seed.

You can view Thursday’s finals heat sheets here.

His scratch would have pulled in #17 qualifier Jan Switkowski to the B final, but Switkowski appears to be another scratch himself. That moves Great Britain’s Joe Litchfield into the B final.

There weren’t many other A and B final scratches this morning – none on the women’s side, in fact. But there was a results adjustment to the women’s 200 fly. Club Libanes’ Maria Jose Mata Coco was originally listed and announced in 8th place. But meet organizers announced a change to the event results during prelims, and Meet Mobile results now show Mata Coco as a DQ. It appears that a DQ was attributed to the wrong swimmer: Missouri’s Azra Avdic was listed as a DQ in results this morning, but now appears on heat sheets at 2:19.49. She’ll swim in the B final.

Mata Coco’s late disqualification bumps Pinnacle Racing’s Isabella Paez into the A final.

Here are all the scratches from A and B finals tonight:

Men’s 100 free:

Men’s 200 fly:

Men’s 400 free:

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5 years ago

Is he still at IU?

Reply to  Swimfish
5 years ago

Yes, he is just representing the club he grew up on now.

5 years ago

Digging that speed, hope that means a 3:44-3:43 come championship season!

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