Chase Kalisz Bigger and Stronger: GMM presented by

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Chase Kalisz comes away from Rio with Olympic hardware, but it has not gone to his head. He’s sounds very sober about the fact that his last college season was lacking.  Chase is happy to be back with his dawgs in Athens.  Training in Arizona, focused only on the Olympics, was a little lonely. College life at the University of Georgia is the right balance for him, and he’s optimistic about his season so far.

At the 2016 Georgia Invite he took down a stacked field in the 200 IM, and he split a smokin’ 51.7 100 breast on the 4×100 medley relay.  The breast-split surprised him. “I didn’t think I was capable of swimming that fast,” he said, “especially this early in the season.”

The big takeaway? Chase is pumped about his 4:06 400IM in Rio.  He did it under pressure and on the biggest stage in sport. Sure, it’s been a year since he trained and raced short course, but that great time and enduring the pressure fortifies his confidence heading into the 2017 NCAA DI Championships this spring.

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Ralph ralpherson
3 years ago


Reply to  Ralph ralpherson
3 years ago

Great point

3 years ago

I wonder if he can move into other events. He has potential with the 200im and 200 breast

Sean Justice
Reply to  Pvdh
3 years ago

He also has a really good 200 fly as well. Also, his 200 free has been pretty good was well. I think that we was 1:35 or faster this year.

Years of Plain Suck
3 years ago

Nice piece Melvin. Chase has become quite poised and articulate.

Speaking of IMers, anyone know what David Nolan’s plans are or where he’s training?

Nolan was 3rd at US Trials in the 200 IM. The two swimmers who finished ahead of him in that event are not in the picture for 2017.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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