Zane Grothe Smashes American Record in 500 Free To Break 4:08 For First Time

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Last year, Clark Smith said the American Record was soft after he broke Peter Vanderkaay’s 11-year-old American Record with a 4:08.42 at the NCAA Championships. Tonight, Zane Grothe swimming post grad at Indiana University smashed the American Record with a 4:07.25 for the fastest swim ever in the event.

Grothe, 25, made his World Championship debut this past summer in Budapest where he finished in the top eight in the 400 and 800 freestyles. Grothe has been rapidly improving and flying under the radar ever since he joined the post grad group at Indiana.

This is a bit of a shock as Grothe’s best was a 4:12.98 from the 2015 OKC Elite Pro-Am in December of that year. Grothe’s time moves past Smith’s as the fastest in history and is the first swimmer under 4:08 in the event.

The Indiana post grads are already off to a flying start at the AT&T Winter Nationals as Grothe joins fellow Auburn grad Ashley Neidigh as national champions in the 500. Neidigh also had a big drop earlier tonight when she dropped five seconds to win the 500.

Grothe used a solid back half to move past Mitch D’Arrigo who had a stellar swim himself with a 4:10.78. Marwan El-Kamash (4:16.10), Marcelo Acosta (4:16.35), Brayden Seal (4:19.37), Nick Hogsed (4:20.43), Max Irwin (4:22.24) and Din Selmanovic (4:22.65) also swam in the A-final.

This is also the first time the American Record in the event will not be a 4:08 since Chad Carvin swam a 4:11.59 in March 1994 and Tom Dolan broke it the next year with a 4:08.75.

Smith’s splits:

  • 22.68
  • 47.34 (24.66)
  • 1:12.37 (25.03)
  • 1:37.47 (25.10)
  • 2:02.43 (24.96)
  • 2:27.44 (25.01)
  • 2:52.86 (25.42)
  • 3:18.30 (25.44)
  • 3:43.93 (25.63
  • 4:08.42 (24.49)

Grothe’s splits:

  • 22.65
  • 47.58 (24.93)
  • 1:12.75 (25.17)
  • 1:38.07 (25.32)
  • 2:03.15 (25.08)
  • 2:28.30 (25.24)
  • 2:53.31 (24.92)
  • 3:18.07 (24.76)
  • 3:43.19 (25.12)
  • 4:07.25 (24.06)
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4 years ago

How old was the record?

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4 years ago
Reply to  Michael Groves

Last year

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4 years ago

Holy moly!

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4 years ago

Wow

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4 years ago

Lucas Restle Lucena

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4 years ago

Keenan Handley

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4 years ago
Reply to  Liam Handley

That’s awesome, I can’t wait for the first person to break 4:00

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Lane Four
4 years ago

Is there no live stream???????

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Lane Four
4 years ago
Reply to  Andy Ross

Thank you, Andy.

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4 years ago

I went 4:03 like 20 years ago. Oh, wait. That was the 400. My bad.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Chris Antonini

I think that’s my 100 time!

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4 years ago

Absolutely amazing!

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4 years ago

Congratulations

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4 years ago

Smokin! Ave. 100s under :50. What were his Splits?

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4 years ago
Reply to  Bill Fleming

That was what the math suggests, the article posts the splits for each 50… absolutely smoking fast…. still looking for the flames….

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4 years ago

Amazing job.

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4 years ago

Derek Toomey you probably know this but just in case. Flying!

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4 years ago

Nice – hard work works

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4 years ago

Lauren Neidigh

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4 years ago
Reply to  Eney Jones

?

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4 years ago

Robbie Falchi I remember you telling me about this kid 7 years ago. Insane.

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4 years ago

I was on the same pace through 450, but got hit by Santa’s sleigh.

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4 years ago

Ishaaq Joomratty Raees Đ

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4 years ago
Reply to  Ismail Hurjuk

Taey?

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4 years ago
Reply to  Ismail Hurjuk

Nu si nu fr pareil dimanche la??

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4 years ago
Reply to  Ismail Hurjuk

Dan reve oui???

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Great job Zane !! You make us proud and we admire your strength and determination !! Never quit !!

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4 years ago

Joel Dodds

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4 years ago

Zane Grothe!! Congrats friend!!

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4 years ago

4. O. 8. Whaaat?

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4 years ago
Reply to  Lars Shallberg

That is gross

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4 years ago

Zane I Knew you were going to do big things! Congrats and keep it going!

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4 years ago

Congrats! Keep raising that bar.