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Anderson, Grothe tally wins on January TYR Pro Swim Series opening night

by ZwemZa on January 15th, 2021

Swimmers were back in the water to kick-off the new year, navigating new health protocols and unique competition formats as they gear up for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in June.

At the first night’s conclusion of the 2021 January TYR Pro Swim Series, it was U.S. National Team members Haley Anderson and Zane Grothe who came away with victories in the 800-meter freestyle.

Results  Day 1

Anderson’s finish came in 8:34.93, edging out other U.S. National Team members such as Ashley Twichell (2nd; 8:35.16), Erica Sullivan (4th; 8:38.46) and others.

“I’m really excited to be back competing,” Anderson said. “I’m really lucky to have this opportunity to get back out there. It wasn’t the best swim, but it will get better.”

In the men’s event, Grothe came away victorious after his 7:59.05 performance. The swim edged out Kieran Smith, who touched in 7:59.27 to join Grothe as the only swimmers in the field to finish under the eight-minute mark.

“I was talking to Kieran (Smith) in warm down, and we were both kind of like ‘that was not the way I wanted to swim,’ but it’s good to be racing again and to be really going at it, so I’m happy about that.”

Competition resumes tomorrow, featuring multiple talented swimmers competing in some of their most dominant events. World-record holder Lilly King enters as top seed in her signature 100m breaststroke, while the men’s 400m I.M. features Jay Litherland and Chase Kalisz, who represented Team USA in the event at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

Kyle Sagendorph | USA Swimming

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