Ashley Twichell, Zane Grothe Open Up Greensboro Pro Swim Series With 1500 Wins

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Ashley Twichell swam her third fastest in-season 1500 free in Greensboro. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 2019-20 TYR Pro Swim Series in Greensboro, North Carolina started Wednesday night with the heats of the 1500 free as Ashley Twichell won the women’s race at 16:11.19 and Zane Grothe won the men’s race at 15:18.71.

Women’s 1500 Free

Twichell is racing in her first pool meet since the 2019 World Championships where she was fourth in the 1500 at 15:54, which is her best time. Her in-season best is a 16:08 from the 2018 Pro Swim Series in Atlanta and she actually tied her time from the 2016 Pro Swim Series in Charlotte where she also swam a 16:11.19.

Twichell’s 5 Best In-Season Swims:

  • 16:08.70, 2018 Atlanta PSS
  • 16:09.80, 2018 Winter Nats
  • 16:11.19, 2019 Greensboro PSS
  • 16:11.19, 2016 Charlotte PSS
  • 16:13.03, 2019 Knoxville PSS

Twichell trains nearby at the TAC Titans and is one of three swimmers to have already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games next summer as she was sixth at the World Championships this summer in the 10K open water race, solidifying her spot for Tokyo. This will be her first Olympic appearance at 30-years-old.

Twichell grinded her way through the 1500 here in Greensboro as she finished ahead of Hannah Moore, who trains at nearby Wolfpack Elite in Raleigh. Moore swam a 16:32.84 for third place. Third place went to Kate Sanderson (16:39.68).

 Event 1  Women 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
=========================================================================
        World: W 15:20.48  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
     American: A 15:20.48  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
    U.S. Open: O 15:20.48  5/17/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford
     Jr World: J 15:28.36  8/24/2014 Katie Ledecky, USA
     Pro Swim: P 15:20.48  5/16/2018 Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimmin
    Trial Cut: T 16:49.19
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals  FINA Points
=========================================================================
  1 Ashley Twichell  30 Tac Titans       15:54.19   16:11.19T  851  
    r:+0.76  29.01      1:02.30 (33.29)
        1:34.33 (32.03)     2:06.54 (32.21)
        2:38.93 (32.39)     3:11.39 (32.46)
        3:43.88 (32.49)     4:16.46 (32.58)
        4:48.93 (32.47)     5:21.49 (32.56)
        5:53.98 (32.49)     6:26.71 (32.73)
        6:59.37 (32.66)     7:31.99 (32.62)
        8:04.61 (32.62)     8:37.16 (32.55)
        9:09.71 (32.55)     9:42.48 (32.77)
       10:15.04 (32.56)    10:47.96 (32.92)
       11:20.27 (32.31)    11:53.04 (32.77)
       12:25.30 (32.26)    12:57.86 (32.56)
       13:29.98 (32.12)    14:02.48 (32.50)
       14:34.83 (32.35)    15:07.44 (32.61)
       15:39.52 (32.08)    16:11.19 (31.67)
  2 Hannah Moore     23 Wolfpack Elite   16:10.92   16:32.84T  796  
    r:+0.72  30.85      1:03.68 (32.83)
        1:36.47 (32.79)     2:09.77 (33.30)
        2:43.06 (33.29)     3:16.35 (33.29)
        3:49.94 (33.59)     4:23.10 (33.16)
        4:56.56 (33.46)     5:29.64 (33.08)
        6:03.09 (33.45)     6:36.29 (33.20)
        7:09.86 (33.57)     7:42.90 (33.04)
        8:16.12 (33.22)     8:49.17 (33.05)
        9:22.57 (33.40)     9:55.71 (33.14)
       10:28.95 (33.24)    11:02.13 (33.18)
       11:35.40 (33.27)    12:08.56 (33.16)
       12:41.80 (33.24)    13:15.17 (33.37)
       13:48.24 (33.07)    14:21.50 (33.26)
       14:54.79 (33.29)    15:27.80 (33.01)
       16:00.92 (33.12)    16:32.84 (31.92)
  3 Kate Sanderson   19 Colorado Springs 16:30.83   16:39.68   780  
    r:+0.74  31.03      1:04.49 (33.46)
        1:37.91 (33.42)     2:11.87 (33.96)
        2:45.31 (33.44)     3:19.16 (33.85)
        3:52.55 (33.39)     4:26.23 (33.68)
        4:59.35 (33.12)     5:33.03 (33.68)
        6:06.20 (33.17)     6:39.77 (33.57)
        7:12.89 (33.12)     7:46.39 (33.50)
        8:19.39 (33.00)     8:52.96 (33.57)
        9:25.94 (32.98)     9:59.40 (33.46)
       10:32.37 (32.97)    11:06.17 (33.80)
       11:39.30 (33.13)    12:12.92 (33.62)
       12:46.20 (33.28)    13:20.03 (33.83)
       13:53.19 (33.16)    14:26.99 (33.80)
       15:00.04 (33.05)    15:33.83 (33.79)
       16:06.91 (33.08)    16:39.68 (32.77)
  4 Allyson Macias   22 Mexico           16:35.34   16:41.15   777  
    r:+0.70  31.79      1:05.65 (33.86)
        1:39.26 (33.61)     2:13.15 (33.89)
        2:47.31 (34.16)     3:21.14 (33.83)
        3:55.20 (34.06)     4:29.11 (33.91)
        5:03.13 (34.02)     5:36.51 (33.38)
        6:10.02 (33.51)     6:43.27 (33.25)
        7:16.89 (33.62)     7:50.20 (33.31)
        8:23.76 (33.56)     8:57.06 (33.30)
        9:30.49 (33.43)    10:04.00 (33.51)
       10:37.49 (33.49)    11:10.78 (33.29)
       11:44.21 (33.43)    12:17.20 (32.99)
       12:50.38 (33.18)    13:23.39 (33.01)
       13:56.78 (33.39)    14:30.01 (33.23)
       15:03.52 (33.51)    15:36.53 (33.01)
       16:09.68 (33.15)    16:41.15 (31.47)
  5 Caroline Pennin  16 Badger Swim Club 16:56.08   16:54.95   745  
    r:+0.77  30.82      1:03.42 (32.60)
        1:36.97 (33.55)     2:10.07 (33.10)
        2:44.08 (34.01)     3:17.66 (33.58)
        3:51.74 (34.08)     4:25.54 (33.80)
        4:59.99 (34.45)     5:33.83 (33.84)
        6:07.96 (34.13)     6:41.68 (33.72)
        7:15.73 (34.05)     7:49.39 (33.66)
        8:23.43 (34.04)     8:57.32 (33.89)
        9:31.45 (34.13)    10:05.09 (33.64)
       10:39.61 (34.52)    11:13.66 (34.05)
       11:48.30 (34.64)    12:22.42 (34.12)
       12:56.89 (34.47)    13:30.99 (34.10)
       14:05.72 (34.73)    14:39.55 (33.83)
       15:14.20 (34.65)    15:48.25 (34.05)
       16:22.76 (34.51)    16:54.95 (32.19)
  6 Summer Smith     16 Bluefish Swim Cl 16:44.16   16:55.06   745  
    r:+0.77  26.22      1:04.40 (38.18)
        1:37.86 (33.46)     2:12.16 (34.30)
        2:45.52 (33.36)     3:19.60 (34.08)
        3:53.00 (33.40)     4:27.11 (34.11)
        5:00.53 (33.42)     5:34.48 (33.95)
        6:07.70 (33.22)     6:41.74 (34.04)
        7:15.27 (33.53)     7:49.42 (34.15)
        8:23.29 (33.87)     8:57.70 (34.41)
        9:31.90 (34.20)    10:06.27 (34.37)
       10:40.21 (33.94)    11:14.69 (34.48)
       11:48.76 (34.07)    12:23.10 (34.34)
       12:57.28 (34.18)    13:31.14 (33.86)
       14:05.25 (34.11)    14:39.60 (34.35)
       15:13.92 (34.32)    15:47.83 (33.91)
       16:21.50 (33.67)    16:55.06 (33.56)
  7 Emily Gjertsen   17 Badger Swim Club 16:58.40   17:15.52   702  
    r:+0.75  31.01      1:04.37 (33.36)
        1:37.89 (33.52)     2:12.07 (34.18)
        2:45.72 (33.65)     3:19.85 (34.13)
        3:53.44 (33.59)     4:27.56 (34.12)
        5:00.94 (33.38)     5:35.06 (34.12)
        6:08.71 (33.65)     6:43.25 (34.54)
        7:16.99 (33.74)     7:51.82 (34.83)
        8:25.94 (34.12)     9:01.21 (35.27)
        9:35.64 (34.43)    10:11.08 (35.44)
       10:45.93 (34.85)    11:21.68 (35.75)
       11:56.49 (34.81)    12:32.25 (35.76)
       13:07.20 (34.95)    13:43.05 (35.85)
       14:18.16 (35.11)    14:54.16 (36.00)
       15:29.37 (35.21)    16:05.49 (36.12)
       16:40.70 (35.21)    17:15.52 (34.82)
  8 Emily Knorr      16 Mecklenburg Swim 17:20.97   17:18.54   696  
    r:+0.74  31.45      1:05.52 (34.07)
        1:40.29 (34.77)     2:14.62 (34.33)
        2:49.68 (35.06)     3:24.20 (34.52)
        3:59.14 (34.94)     4:33.59 (34.45)
        5:08.44 (34.85)     5:43.00 (34.56)
        6:17.95 (34.95)     6:52.43 (34.48)
        7:27.67 (35.24)     8:02.37 (34.70)
        8:37.60 (35.23)     9:12.09 (34.49)
        9:47.36 (35.27)    10:22.02 (34.66)
       10:56.91 (34.89)    11:31.32 (34.41)
       12:06.40 (35.08)    12:41.13 (34.73)
       13:16.00 (34.87)    13:50.77 (34.77)
       14:25.89 (35.12)    15:00.49 (34.60)
       15:35.52 (35.03)    16:10.25 (34.73)
       16:44.92 (34.67)    17:18.54 (33.62)

Men’s 1500 Free

Zane Grothe of Boulder City Henderson won the 1500 free to start off his long course season with a 15:18.71. He was off his in-season best all-time of 15:05 from the 2018 Indianapolis Pro Swim Series but it is the eighth fastest in-season 1500 he has had in his career. Grothe did however swim faster than his 15:21 at the World Championships as he is gearing up to try and make his first Olympic team in June at the Olympic Trials.

Grothe’s 8 Best In-Season Swims:

  • 15:05.31, 2018 Indianapolis PSS
  • 15:08.22, 2018 Mesa PSS
  • 15:13.29, 2019 Des Moines PSS
  • 15:13.29, 2016 Charlotte PSS
  • 15:17.12, 2019 Bloomington PSS
  • 15:17.34, 2018 Austin PSS
  • 15:18.43, 2018 Santa Clara PSS
  • 15:18.71, 2019 Greensboro PSS

Grothe, who has been swimming this fall for the DC Trident, got his first taste of long course action on Wednesday night in Greensboro and was untouched in the 1500. Chris Wieser (15:40.33) finished in second place ahead of Christian Bayo (15:43.31). 2017 National champion True Sweetser, who is taking an Olympic redshirt this year from Stanford and training at his hometown Gator Swim Club in Gainesville, placed sixth at 15:53.35.

 Event 2  Men 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
=========================================================================
        World: W 14:31.02  8/4/2012  Yang Sun, CHN
     American: A 14:39.48  8/13/2016 Connor Jaeger, USA
    U.S. Open: O 14:45.54  7/6/2008  Peter Vanderkaay, Club Wolverine
     Jr World: J 14:46.09  8/25/2019 Franko Grgic, CRO
     Pro Swim: P 14:53.12  2016      Jordan Wilimovsky
    Trial Cut: T 15:44.89
    Name            Age Team                 Seed     Finals  FINA Points
=========================================================================
  1 Zane Grothe      27 Boulder City Hen 14:48.40   15:18.71T  852  
    r:+0.70  27.32        57.59 (30.27)
        1:28.28 (30.69)     1:59.36 (31.08)
        2:30.55 (31.19)     3:01.57 (31.02)
        3:32.76 (31.19)     4:03.88 (31.12)
        4:35.11 (31.23)     5:06.08 (30.97)
        5:37.11 (31.03)     6:08.24 (31.13)
        6:39.54 (31.30)     7:10.57 (31.03)
        7:41.70 (31.13)     8:12.99 (31.29)
        8:44.25 (31.26)     9:15.18 (30.93)
        9:46.12 (30.94)    10:16.83 (30.71)
       10:47.60 (30.77)    11:18.06 (30.46)
       11:48.78 (30.72)    12:19.11 (30.33)
       12:49.60 (30.49)    13:19.96 (30.36)
       13:50.46 (30.50)    14:20.87 (30.41)
       14:50.37 (29.50)    15:18.71 (28.34)
  2 Chris Wieser     23 Dart Swimming    15:12.01   15:40.33T  794  
    r:+0.67  27.71        58.76 (31.05)
        1:30.14 (31.38)     2:01.82 (31.68)
        2:33.15 (31.33)     3:04.93 (31.78)
        3:36.46 (31.53)     4:08.53 (32.07)
        4:40.07 (31.54)     5:11.97 (31.90)
        5:43.05 (31.08)     6:14.88 (31.83)
        6:46.68 (31.80)     7:18.48 (31.80)
        7:50.18 (31.70)     8:21.98 (31.80)
        8:53.67 (31.69)     9:25.63 (31.96)
        9:56.93 (31.30)    10:28.24 (31.31)
       10:58.95 (30.71)    11:30.07 (31.12)
       12:01.43 (31.36)    12:32.83 (31.40)
       13:04.01 (31.18)    13:35.62 (31.61)
       14:07.26 (31.64)    14:38.81 (31.55)
       15:09.99 (31.18)    15:40.33 (30.34)
  3 Christian Bayo   28 Tac Titans       15:40.88   15:43.31   787  
    r:+0.76  29.28      1:00.29 (31.01)
        1:31.62 (31.33)     2:02.90 (31.28)
        2:34.68 (31.78)     3:06.11 (31.43)
        3:38.22 (32.11)     4:09.98 (31.76)
        4:42.32 (32.34)     5:14.08 (31.76)
        5:45.92 (31.84)     6:17.51 (31.59)
        6:49.54 (32.03)     7:21.29 (31.75)
        7:53.38 (32.09)     8:24.85 (31.47)
        8:57.00 (32.15)     9:28.67 (31.67)
       10:00.62 (31.95)    10:32.31 (31.69)
       11:03.97 (31.66)    11:35.52 (31.55)
       12:06.94 (31.42)    12:38.39 (31.45)
       13:09.86 (31.47)    13:41.13 (31.27)
       14:12.20 (31.07)    14:43.14 (30.94)
       15:13.69 (30.55)    15:43.31 (29.62)
  4 Sam Rice         22 Tennessee Aquati 15:44.59   15:50.09   770  
    r:+0.67  28.45        59.19 (30.74)
        1:30.76 (31.57)     2:01.75 (30.99)
        2:33.22 (31.47)     3:04.36 (31.14)
        3:35.88 (31.52)     4:07.26 (31.38)
        4:39.14 (31.88)     5:10.54 (31.40)
        5:42.41 (31.87)     6:14.11 (31.70)
        6:46.11 (32.00)     7:17.86 (31.75)
        7:50.08 (32.22)     8:21.67 (31.59)
        8:53.71 (32.04)     9:25.45 (31.74)
        9:57.69 (32.24)    10:29.49 (31.80)
       11:01.69 (32.20)    11:33.68 (31.99)
       12:05.85 (32.17)    12:37.95 (32.10)
       13:10.48 (32.53)    13:42.67 (32.19)
       14:14.84 (32.17)    14:46.80 (31.96)
       15:19.17 (32.37)    15:50.09 (30.92)
  5 Henry Morrissey  16 Germantown Acade 16:00.52   15:53.34   762  
    r:+0.81  28.96      1:00.17 (31.21)
        1:31.81 (31.64)     2:03.48 (31.67)
        2:35.53 (32.05)     3:07.18 (31.65)
        3:39.16 (31.98)     4:11.06 (31.90)
        4:42.74 (31.68)     5:14.64 (31.90)
        5:46.60 (31.96)     6:18.68 (32.08)
        6:50.73 (32.05)     7:22.63 (31.90)
        7:54.53 (31.90)     8:26.62 (32.09)
        8:58.57 (31.95)     9:30.71 (32.14)
       10:02.62 (31.91)    10:34.63 (32.01)
       11:06.69 (32.06)    11:38.79 (32.10)
       12:10.73 (31.94)    12:42.85 (32.12)
       13:14.77 (31.92)    13:47.04 (32.27)
       14:18.95 (31.91)    14:51.00 (32.05)
       15:22.66 (31.66)    15:53.34 (30.68)
  6 True Sweetser    22 Gator Swim Club  15:10.65   15:53.35   762  
    r:+0.75  29.10      1:00.36 (31.26)
        1:32.07 (31.71)     2:03.62 (31.55)
        2:35.28 (31.66)     3:06.90 (31.62)
        3:38.56 (31.66)     4:10.15 (31.59)
        4:42.03 (31.88)     5:13.54 (31.51)
        5:45.47 (31.93)     6:17.19 (31.72)
        6:49.12 (31.93)     7:21.26 (32.14)
        7:53.47 (32.21)     8:25.33 (31.86)
        8:57.43 (32.10)     9:29.51 (32.08)
       10:01.43 (31.92)    10:33.27 (31.84)
       11:05.36 (32.09)    11:37.58 (32.22)
       12:10.11 (32.53)    12:42.39 (32.28)
       13:14.75 (32.36)    13:47.13 (32.38)
       14:19.52 (32.39)    14:51.57 (32.05)
       15:23.60 (32.03)    15:53.35 (29.75)
  7 Sam Oliver       17 Snow Swimming    15:48.94   16:03.77   738  
    r:+0.80  28.70      1:00.21 (31.51)
        1:31.85 (31.64)     2:04.03 (32.18)
        2:36.01 (31.98)     3:08.27 (32.26)
        3:40.05 (31.78)     4:12.36 (32.31)
        4:43.94 (31.58)     5:15.85 (31.91)
        5:47.66 (31.81)     6:19.95 (32.29)
        6:51.84 (31.89)     7:24.33 (32.49)
        7:56.33 (32.00)     8:28.80 (32.47)
        9:01.18 (32.38)     9:33.69 (32.51)
       10:06.21 (32.52)    10:38.91 (32.70)
       11:11.68 (32.77)    11:44.60 (32.92)
       12:17.16 (32.56)    12:50.01 (32.85)
       13:22.49 (32.48)    13:55.41 (32.92)
       14:27.85 (32.44)    15:00.30 (32.45)
       15:32.65 (32.35)    16:03.77 (31.12)
  8 Josh Parent      14 Bluefish Swim Cl 15:53.49   16:03.80   738  
    r:+0.69  29.40      1:00.54 (31.14)
        1:32.94 (32.40)     2:04.21 (31.27)
        2:36.90 (32.69)     3:09.05 (32.15)
        3:41.43 (32.38)     4:13.56 (32.13)
        4:46.31 (32.75)     5:18.26 (31.95)
        5:50.60 (32.34)     6:22.26 (31.66)
        6:54.97 (32.71)     7:26.76 (31.79)
        7:59.25 (32.49)     8:30.87 (31.62)
        9:03.77 (32.90)     9:35.41 (31.64)
       10:08.16 (32.75)    10:39.91 (31.75)
       11:12.70 (32.79)    11:44.89 (32.19)
       12:18.00 (33.11)    12:50.07 (32.07)
       13:22.93 (32.86)    13:55.22 (32.29)
       14:27.98 (32.76)    15:00.26 (32.28)
       15:32.87 (32.61)    16:03.80 (30.93)