Chase Kalisz

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Chase Kalisz
Chase Kalisz was born on March 7, 1994 in Bel Air, Maryland to parents Mike and Cathy. Kalisz began swimming at the age of 5, and he swims for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and legendary coach, Bob Bowman.

Youth swimming
Kalisz graduated fom Fallston High School in 2012. That summer at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials he was fifth in the 200 IM and 6th in the 400 IM. Although he did not make the Olympic team, he was chosen for the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championship squad. At that meet, in Honolulu, Kalisz won the 400 IM in a meet record time of 4:12.59. He also won the 200 IM in another meet record time of 1:59.51.

Early career
Kalisz began to gain national attention in 2011 when he placed third behind Ryan Lochte and Thiago Pereira in the 400-meter IM at the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix. Later that year he swam a 4:18.43 in the 400-meter IM at the National Championships. He experienced international competition in 2011 as well. At the 2011 World Junior Championships in Peru he took 4th in the 200 IM and 200 breast as well as 6th in the 400 IM. And at the 2011 FINA World Cup meet in Moscow, Kalisz was 3rd in the 400 IM and 5th in the 200 breast. Perhaps it is not surprising that Kalisz was becoming a top-knotch IMer while training for Michael Phelps’ former coach. He has said that Phelps was a great training partner who constantly pushed him to swim faster.

College swimming
The IMer became a University of Georgia Bulldog in the fall of 2012. He made an immediate impact for Georgia, winning the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard breaststroke, and 200-yard IM at his first collegiate meet, a tri-meet with North Carolina State and Savannah College of Art and Design. During that same year, Kalisz won the 400 IM at the 2012 AT&T Winter Nationals. He was also 3rd in the 200 IM and 8th in the 200 fly at that meet.

Shortly after being mentioned as a rising IM star by Phelps, Kalisz won the 400-yard IM at the 2013 NCAA Division 1 championships with a time of 3:38.05. A year later, he repeated as the 400 IM NCAA champion. In January of the 2014 season, Kalisz made some headlines after Georgia Coach, Jack Baurle, were suspended for some time following an academic eligibility review.

At the 2015 NCAA Championships Kalisz swam the 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM and 200-yard butterfly. He came in 15th in the 200 IM, and was the runner-up in the 400 IM. Going into his senior year Kalisz chose to redshirt the 2015-2016 season in order to focus on the 2016 Olympic Trials.

At his final NCAA Championship meet, Kalisz was back on top in the 400-yard IM. He took down the U.S., American and NCAA record in 3:33.42 to take the gold. He also swam the 200-yard IM, finishing 5th in 1:41.19 and was disqualified in the 200-yard butterfly final for a false start.

National and international swimming

Chase Kalisz (photo: Mike Lewis)

Post-NCAAs in 2013, Kalisz dominated the 400-meter IM at the 2013 Charlotte Ultra Swim, winning the event in 4:15.66, a meet record. At the 2013 Santa Clara Grand Prix, the 400 meter IM was won by Ryan Lochte in 4:11.36, but Kalisz was a very close second in 4:11.85. Then, at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships, Kalisz earned a spot on the U.S. World Championship team by winning the 400 meter IM in 4:11.83. At the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Kalisz took home a silver medal in the 400-meter IM with a time of 4:09.22, winning his first major international medal.

Kalisz was a member of the 2013-2014 United States National Team. He swam his famous lineup at the 2014 U.S. National Championships, finishing third in the 200-meter butterfly, fifth in the 200-meter IM and second in the 400-meter IM. As a member of the National Team, Kalisz was selected to the 2014 Pan Pac’s roster — he won a bronze medal in the 400-meter IM.

2015 FINA World Championships

In Kazan, Russia Kalisz finished with a bronze in the 400 meter medley to add to his silver from two years before.

2016 U.S Olympic Trials

Kalisz became the first U.S swimmer to qualify for the Rio Games with a gold in 400 meter medley. He took control of the race during the breaststroke leg and despite efforts from Jay Litherland, Kalisz held on to take the title and automatic selection to his first Olympic Games.

Chase Kalisz, Kosuke Hagino, Daiya Seto – 2016 Olympic Games in Rio -courtesy of simone castrovillari

2016 Rio Olympics

In the first race on the opening night in Pool, Kalisz won a silver medal for Team USA in the 400 meter individual medley. It was clear from the start the race belonged to either Kalisz or Japanese swimmers Daiya Seto or Kosuke Hagino. Seto won the butterfly leg, but his country mate took over during the backstroke. At the halfway point, Kalisz began to make his move, pulling into second place on the breaststroke leg. He was hunting Hagino down on the final stretch, but Hagino had done enough to secure his gold. Kalisz took silver in 4:06.75.

2017 National Championships/World Championship Trials

Kalisz struck gold in both IM events to qualify for the World Championships. First up was the 400 meter IM, in which he touched home first in 4:06.99. In the 200 meter IM he finished in a new best time of 1:56.51. He narrowly missed out on a third event at the Championships after finishing third in the 2o0 meter butterfly, just 0.21 behind Pace Clark in second and 0.32 behind Jack Conger in first.

2017 World Championships

Chase Kalisz 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis)

Kalisz became a World Champion on day five in Budapest in the 200 meter IM. His breaststroke split of 32.63 was half a second quicker than the rest of the field which pulled him into the lead. He managed to hold off Kosuke Hagino and Shun Wang to take the gold in 1:55.56 almost a whole second quicker than the best time he posted a few weeks earlier at the trials.

On the final night Kalisz completed the medley double winning the 400 meter medley in a new Championship record of 4:05.90. He lead the way from start to finish pulling away further at every stroke change. he was almost two and a half seconds faster that Hungary’s David Verraszto who finished with the silver. Daiya Seto finished in third.

2017 Winter National Championships

Kalisz was crowned the king of IMs in Columbus as he took the titles in both, 200 and 400 individual medleys. His first title came in the 200 IM with the time of 1:41.79. On the next day, he took the gold in 3:39.45 as he beat Etay Gurevich by more than six seconds.

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International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Silver 400 I.M. 2013 World Championships
Bronze 400 I.M. 2015 World Championships
Bronze 400 I.M. 2014 Pan Pacific Championships
Silver 400 I.M. 2016 Olympic Games
Gold 200 I.M. 2017 World Championships
Gold 400 I.M. 2017 World Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 200 Fly 1:41.70 02/20/15 2015 SEC Championships
Auburn, Alabama
scy 200 IM 1:41.19 03/27/14 2014 NCAA D1 Championships
Austin, Texas
scy 400 IM 3:33.92 03/24/17 2017 NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
lcm 200 Fly 1:54.79 06/27/17 2017 USA National Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
lcm 200 IM 1:55.56 07/27/17 2017 World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
lcm 400 IM 4:05.90 07/30/17 2017 World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
Chase Kalisz in the 200 IM final Santa Clara 2015 (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography) (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography) Chase Kalisz of Georgia celebrates a new American and NCAA record in the 400 IM (3:34.50) at the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictues) Georgie Sophomore Chase Kalisz swims the fly leg of the 400 individual medley on night two of the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictues)