Zane Grothe Holds Off Shoults For Close 400 Free Win

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Zane Grothe battled his way to a win in the 400 free, holding off a persistent Grant Shoults to come away with the win in 3:46.53. Shoults was with Grothe the entire way but couldn’t catch him over the last 100 meters. He was less than half a second behind in 3:46.90. That’s a season best by about two seconds for Grothe and a big lifetime best for Shoults by about 1.5 seconds. Both men will also be for sure heading to Tokyo for Pan Pacs.

In third was Chris Weiser (3:48.92), while Zach Yeadon was fourth in 3:49.09. Yeadon actually briefly held the lead in the race at the 200 mark, but couldn’t hold onto the pace over the second half of the race. Trey Freeman and World Junior Champion Andrew Abruzzo had a strong battle for fifth, with Freeman getting the edge 3:49.90 to 3:50.04.

True Sweetser was seventh in 3:51.98, just ahead of Ben Lawless (3:52.01).

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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