2-21-13 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, Prelim Thurs
Six-time All-American 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier 2012 SEC Champion (800 FR) 2012 All-SEC First Team 2011 All-SEC Freshman Team Auburn Record-Holder (500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free)
Sophomore Season (2011-12) Competed at U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha ... Clocked personal-best LCM times in 100 free (51.04), 200 free (1:50.82), 400 free (3:52.82) and 200 fly (2:01.43) ... Finished 14th in 400 free, 35th in 200 free ... Also posted 15:38.98 in 1500 free, just shy of PR, finishing 25th ... Time in 400m free was second-fastest in Auburn history, .01 seconds shy of the record Set three new school records while earning four All-America honors at 2012 NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. ... Shattered his own Auburn mark in 1650 freestyle with a 14:37.59 to finish fourth, the highest-ever finish by an Auburn swimmer in the event ... Broke the record by nearly 10 full seconds ... Also broke the school 1000 free record in the first 40 lengths of his 1650 swim, covering the distance in 8:52.58 ... Posted his third all-time Auburn mark with a 4:15.42 in the 500 free, earning another fourth-place finish ... Earned another All-America honor in 200 free, finishing 14th (1:35.56) ... Helped 800 free relay team to 12th-place finish (6:27.92) ... Won his first conference title with the 800 free relay team, clocking a season-best 6:20.63 at the SEC Championships in Knoxville ... Earned Auburn's first silver medal in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 14:50.86 ... Won consolation final of 500 free to earn ninth-place points (4:18.57) ... Fifth-place finish in 200 free (1:35.80) ... Recorded best-ever Auburn dual meet time in 1000 free with 9:01.75 vs. Texas ... Won four individual races during the season, taking both the 500 and 1000 free in dual meets with LSU and Penn State ... Part of three winning relay teams during the year ... Named to All-SEC First Team ... Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Freshman Season (2010-11) Two-time All-American after finishing seventh (4:16.82) in the 500 free and sixth (14.47.09) in the 1650 free at NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. ... Set a new Auburn record at NCAAs in the 1650 free after breaking the nine-year Auburn record of 14:57.46 at the 2011 SEC Championships ... Finished 17th in the 200 free prelims at 1:35.09, missing the finals cut by just .02 seconds ... Named to 2010-11 All-SEC Freshmen Team ... Scored points in all three individual events for Auburn at the 2011 SEC Championships ... Broke the nine-year-old Auburn record in the 1,650 free after taking fourth in the event in a time of 14:57.46 ... Finished fifth in the 500 free in a career-best time of 4:17.99 ... Reached the championship final of the 200 free and took seventh overall in 1:35.90 ... Time of 1:35.51 in the 200 free prelims was a career-best time ... Top time in 1000 free was 9:10.64 against Florida on January 21, the seventh-fastest in Auburn history.
High School A five-star recruit according to Swimming World Magazine ... Competed at the 2010 USA Swimming Senior National Championships ... Swam in the 200m free (1:55.04), 400m free (4:04.28) and 100m fly (57.70) ... Attended Boulder City High School and swam for Boulder City Henderson club team ... Finished third in the 500 free (4:24.51) at the 2010 Southern California Swimming Grand Prix ... Took fourth in the 1,650 free at the 2008 USA Swimming Short Course Junior Championships with a time of 15:17.85.
Personal Son of Terry Grothe and Sy Grothe ... Has three sisters: Alexis, Natalie and Rachael ... Sister Alexis swims at Texas A&M.