Zane Grothe

     Zane is a US National Teamer, 2017 World Championships bronze medalist, and former Auburn standout.  His list of accomplishments includes: 
  • 2017 World Championships bronze medalist
  • 5x US Open Champion in four events (200, 400, 800, 1500 freestyles)
  • 2x US National Champion in the 400 free
  • 7x Auburn school record holder
"Joining Fike Swim is an exciting experience for me. I'm looking forward to working with a company that has true athlete feedback and values at the core of its product research and development. Being a part of the Fike Swim ambassadors team is a step in the right direction for my career, and I can't wait to add to their brand."
Q&A with Zane Grothe
Q: Who is your coach and which team do you compete for?
A: "Indiana University under Mike Westphal and Ray Looze"
Q: What is your favorite event? 
A: "50 free. It's not my best so when I get to swim it there's no pressure. Fast or slow I have a fun time doing it either way. (And I usually beat someone who I should not so that's always fun)"
Q: How many yards per week do you train?
A: "At max volume I will be around 80k-85k yards per week."
Q: What does an average set look like?
A: "15x200 @ 2:10 SCY, threshold, the best I've ever done on this set was last fall: 6x1:46, 3x1:45, 2x1:44, 3x1:43, 1x1:39"
Q: What are your goals for next season?
A: "I would like to see in-season best times multiple times, end of the season PR's, and medals at the Pan Pacific Championships."
Q: What are your practice goals to help you reach your race goals?
A: "Show up to every workout, and accomplish what coach tells me to do. Also better consistency with practice performance and better techniques for the range of free events I do."
Q: Favorite dryland exercise?
A: "Bear crawls"
Q: Favorite post-workout meal?
A: "Rotini with turkey marinara sauce."
Q: How did you get into swimming?
A: "My parents got me into swimming when I was just a baby. We had a boat and lived by a lake. Water safety classes turned into novice swim lessons, and before I knew it I was competing at World Championships."
Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
A: "I bet most people don't know I rode a Razor scooter around campus for all 4 years of college. I can't really do any tricks, but I can ride like a pro."
Q: What was your major at Auburn?
A: "Aerospace Engineering"
Q: Who is your swimming idol?
A: "Right now it's Caeleb Dressel. It's almost as if he swims under the impression that he doesn't know the fastest times in history. I feel like he has the mantra: "There's no rules as to how fast I can go."
Q: Who is your non-swimming idol?
A: "My old Auburn teammate TJ Leon.  He is the most generous, kind, honest man of integrity I've ever met.  I aim to be like him."