2020 Olympic Hopeful Swims at Aquatics Center

A swimmer with Victoria ties is trying for Tokyo.

Zane Grothe, a former All-American at Auburn and current national title holder, swam at the VISD Aquatics Center this week as part of his continued efforts to prepare for the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in South Korea. With a successful performance at the upcoming games in Gwangju, Grothe could qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“(This year)’s been very successful for me,” Grothe told Newscenter25’s Don Brubaker earlier this week. “I went to Nationals in Irvine in August, and was able to secure two national titles, as well as a US Open record.”

The 26-year old currently holds the U.S. record in the 500 meter and 1650 meter freestyle, and won three medals at the Pan-Pacific Championships in Japan this past month. Grothe, who attained the world’s number two ranking in the 800 meter freestyle last summer, says he’s dialed in for a run at Japan in two years.

“We’ve started taking it one year at a time,” Grothe said. “Now that I’ve had a blossoming success with the number two world ranking in the 800 this summer, I’ve really buckled in and committed to the next two years of trying to make that Tokyo team.”

Grothe has been using the Aquatics Center during the holidays as he visits his parents, who live in Victoria. He currently trains full time at Indiana University in Bloomington.