Zane Grothe Talks Distance Freestyle for 5 Minutes (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.


  • PSS Record: 7:49.96, Michael McBroom, 2014
  1. Zane Grothe, MVN, 7:50.94
  2. Felix Auboeck, CW, 7:58.05
  3. Logan Houck, SAND, 7:58.18

Zane Grothe of Mission Viejo completed the 400/800/1500 sweep, taking the men’s 800 in a new best time of 7:50.94. His previous best was 7:50.97, done at both last summer’s World Trials and World Championships. Grothe moves to 5th in the world for the year.

Logan Houck from the Sandpipers of Nevada had opened up a slight edge over Club Wolverine’s Felix Auboeck on the back half of the race, but Aubeock’s 27.03 final 50 got him by Houck to take 2nd in 7:58.05. Houck was 3rd in 7:58.18, just two seconds off his lifetime best. Auboeck’s teammate Ricardo Vargas also had a solid swim to take 4th in 8:01.63, just a few tenths off his best time.

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running start to touch backstroke flags
4 years ago

Hope he wins the PSS grand prize…. distance swimmers deserve some prize love.

Johnny Bravo
4 years ago

Nice interview, Zane seems to have a great head on his shoulders. For his backstory and recent successes, though, he seems to be far less of a marketable star than you’d imagine.

Reply to  Johnny Bravo
4 years ago

Far less?

Ol' Longhorn
4 years ago

What’s the deal with the beaver pelt on his head?

4 years ago

Only talks for 5 minutes? I expect him to have more endurance than that

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