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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Michael Groves
6 years ago

How old was the record?

Andrew Brower
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Groves

Last year

John Grzeszczak
6 years ago

Holy moly!

Bob McKeon
6 years ago

Wow

Ivar de Jong
6 years ago

Lucas Restle Lucena

Liam Handley
6 years ago

Keenan Handley

Keenan Handley
6 years ago
Reply to  Liam Handley

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

Lane Four
Lane Four
6 years ago

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

Lane Four
Lane Four
6 years ago
Reply to  Andy Ross

Thank you, Andy.

Chris Antonini
6 years ago

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

Joanne Newton
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris Antonini

I think that’s my 100 time!

Charlene Tallen
6 years ago

Absolutely amazing!

Pat Kennedy
6 years ago

Congratulations

Bill Fleming
6 years ago

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

Johnny Karnofsky
6 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….

Liz Kowalski
6 years ago

Amazing job.

Brad Horner
6 years ago

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

Mary Liston
6 years ago

Nice – hard work works

Eney Jones
6 years ago

Lauren Neidigh

Lauren Neidigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Eney Jones

?

Josh Seaburg
6 years ago

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

Jeff Evans
6 years ago

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

Ismail Hurjuk
6 years ago

Ishaaq Joomratty Raees Đ

Raees Đ
6 years ago
Reply to  Ismail Hurjuk

Taey?

Ishaaq Joomratty
6 years ago
Reply to  Ismail Hurjuk

Nu si nu fr pareil dimanche la??

Raees Đ
6 years ago
Reply to  Ismail Hurjuk

Dan reve oui???

Trisha Cheney Sauerbrei
Trisha Cheney Sauerbrei
6 years ago

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

Dave Hoover
6 years ago

Joel Dodds

Parker Camp
6 years ago

Zane Grothe!! Congrats friend!!

Lars Shallberg
6 years ago

4. O. 8. Whaaat?

Adam Walz
6 years ago
Reply to  Lars Shallberg

That is gross

Tiani Kramer Mattus
6 years ago

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

Jim Pogue
6 years ago

Congrats! Keep raising that bar.

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