The men of the Georgia Bulldogs will have at least two representation in Glasgow, Scotland. Tonight Chase Kalisz confirmed that himself and teammate Nic Fink both accepted spots on the American roster for the meet that pits an American all-star squad against a European all-star squad.
Chase Kalisz earned an invite by his 400IM swim this past summer. Kalisz is the rising star for the US in the 400IM after his silver medal performance at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. Plus, in his freshman season at Georgia he walked away with the 400 scy IM title at NCAA’s.
Kalisz already looks like the favorite against the Europeans. Kalisz should also show up on the roster for the 200IM, finishing 3rd at Nationals behind Lochte and Dwyer.
Kalisz teammate, Nic Fink, will compete in the breaststroke events for the US following his breakout summer. He earned his way onto the Worlds roster finishing 2nd in the 100 breaststroke at US Nationals. He went on to finish 8th in the 100 in Barcelona.
Expect to see Fink fill in a roster spot in the 200 breaststroke as well. Like his teammate above, he finished 3rd at Nationals behind Cordes and Johnson.
For both these men, the Duel falling in December will be a good opportunity as a tune up for the NCAA Championships that fall in March.
Athletes are chosen on the basis of being the fastest American from the World Championships, World University Games, and U.S. Open (combined) in an Olympic event – top two in the 100 and 200 freestyle. Then, the roster is filled in around them at the coaches’ discretion.
Thus far, Conor Dwyer is the only other male commitment for the US. Three women confirmed their spots earlier today: Claire Donahue, Cammile Adams and Sarah Henry.