Ultra Swim Swimmer of the Month: Chase Kalisz, Athens Bulldog

Ultra Swim Swimmer of the Month is a recurring SwimSwam feature shedding light on a U.S.-based swimmer who has proven themselves over the past month. As with any item of recognition, Swimmer of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one athlete whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a swimmer who was visibly outperforming other swimmers over the month, or one whose accomplishments slipped through the cracks among other high-profile swims. If your favorite athlete wasn’t selected, feel free to respectfully recognize them in our comment section.

By and large, the 2018 edition of the Pan Pacific Championships wasn’t a banner meet for the United States. But for Chase Kaliszit was a resounding success.

It’s been discussed plenty: what went wrong for Team USA. Jet lag, a short turnaround between Nationals and Pan Pacs, a lower-priority summer – whatever it was, the American team didn’t appear at its best in Tokyo. But Kalisz managed to swim at or near his lifetime-bests while maintaining a huge gap between himself and the rest of the world in the IM races.

Generally better-known as a 400 IMer, Kalisz has improved his 200 to dominant status. He went a lifetime-best 1:55.40 at Pan Pacs, blowing out the field by almost a full second. That’s a tenth faster than he went in winning the World Championships gold last summer and more than three full seconds faster than his lifetime-best in this event prior to 2017. Even better, the Pan Pacs silver medalist (Australia’s Mitch Larkin) is also the second in the world ranks, eight tenths behind Kalisz. And Kalisz also beat Kosuke Hagino – silver medalist in this event at 2017 Worlds and the 2016 Olympics – head-to-head at Pan Pacs by 1.2 seconds.

In the 400 IM, Kalisz didn’t quite clear his lifetime-best, but still blew out the field by more than three seconds. His 4:07.95 is first in the world rankings by a longshot, easily beating Asian Games champ Daiya Seto (who was 4:12.60 for bronze at Pan Pacs but 4:08.79 a few weeks later at Asian Games) as well as 2017 Worlds silver medalist and 2016 Olympic champ Hagino (4:11.13 at Pan Pacs).

Kalisz proved that even without going best times, he can visibly separate himself from the rest of the world’s IMer in a way his predecessors in the American IM group (Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte) have done for the past decade.

About Ultra Swim 

Ultra Swim is the shampoo made for swimmers. It gently removes harmful chlorine, and prevents damaged hair. So swim all you want, without sacrificing your hair.

Like Ultra Swim on Facebook

See all Ultra Swim Products here

Buy Ultra Swim at these locations

Ultra Swim is a SwimSwam partner. 

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Years of Plain Suck
2 years ago

The best part is that Chase will receive a $100,000 check from Ultra Swim for being their “Swimmer of the Month.” This will help defray some of his training expenses. Congrats Chase!

WV Swimmer
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
2 years ago

Is that true?! Cause a $100k bonus is sweet!

Years of Plain Suck
Reply to  Jared Anderson
2 years ago

FWIW: what award will Ultra Swim be giving to the US coaches who put together the men’s 4×100 free relay at PanPacs?

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
2 years ago

I just wanna know when he’s gonna get endorsed by MP


He probably doesn’t want to if he has to wear MP suits


Either Mizuno or MP would be very interesting. The first big American athlete in either

Reply to  Years of Plain Suck
2 years ago

thats all u got from the article ? jeez , well done mate

Dressel Lost A Lot At Pan Pacs
2 years ago

The whole notion that Team USA overall did poorly at Pan Pacs should really be put to bed. The team won 20 gold medals and 45 medals overall. The next closest team was Australia with 8 gold and 29 medals. A couple of U.S. swimmers had bad meets. But there were a lot of swimmers who put in solid gold medal performances and could have been recognized as swimmer of the month.

Reply to  Jared Anderson
2 years ago

Putting aside the somewhat expected stellar swims of Kalisz (2 indiv gold), Murphy (2 indiv gold), and Ledecky (3 indiv gold) and perhaps the unexpected disappointments of Dressel, Manuel and Schmitt, wouldn’t you have been happy if you were told at the beginning of the season that Haas, Grothe, Wilimovsky, M. Andrew, Flickinger, Baker, Sumrall, King and Anderson would all win individual gold medals at Pan Pacs and that the team would win 20 gold medals overall versus 16 in 2014? There was only one returning individual gold medalist (Ledecky) on Team USA from the 2014 Pan Pacs squad going into the meet.

Fort Worth
Reply to  Jared Anderson
2 years ago

First of all, that is a really poor analogy and one that manages to insult both Team USA swimmers and their competition. Second, what exactly are the “typical standards” for the Operation Gold meet of the season? If any “standards” were not met, they were probably the standards of proper scheduling of Trials in relation to Pan Pacs, training and travel logistics, and administrative and coaching measures which fall to USA Swimming officials and not the swimmers.

Backstroke is life
2 years ago

Shout out to Ryan Murphy, Gold sweep in the Backstroke events

About Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

Read More »