WATCH: Chase Kalisz Lowers His Own U.S. Open Meet Record with 200 IM Win in 1:56.52

by Riley Overend 6

December 01st, 2022 National, News, Records, U.S. Open


Chase Kalisz lowered his own U.S. Open meet record in the men’s 200 IM final on Thursday night, clocking a 1:56.52 that took .76 seconds off his previous record from 2019.

At 28 years old, the new member of the Arizona State pro group showed no signs of fading as he comfortably held off a pair of teenage talents in Texas A&M freshman Baylor Nelson (1:59.14) and high school junior Daniel Diehl (1:59.89).


  • World Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (2011)
  • American Record: 1:54.00 – Ryan Lochte (2011)
  • U.S. Open Meet Record: 1:57.28 – Chase Kalisz (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record: 1:54.56 – Ryan Lochte (2009)
  • Olympic Trials Cut — 2:03.49

Top 8:

  1. Chase Kalisz (SUN) – 1:56.52
  2. Baylor Nelson (TA&M) – 1:59.14
  3. Daniel Diehl (CUY) – 1:59.89
  4. Landon Driggers (TENN) – 2:02.27
  5. Mark Szaranek (GSC-FL) – 2:02.57
  6. Danny Berlitz (UN-WV) – 2:03.01
  7. Gabriel Borgas (NSW) – 2:03.50
  8. Daniel Sos (CARD) – 2:03.94

Kalicz was less than a tenth of a second slower than the 1:56.43 he swam in June to claim fourth place at the World Championships. He was also only about a second slower than his personal-best 1:55.40 from 2018.

“I’m kind of shocked by that time actually,” Kalisz said. “But in all honesty, I’ve been doing this for a long time, and this is some of the most fun I’ve had swimming. I really am enjoying everything. I’m surrounded by a great amount of youth, and a lot of great training partners.”

In the race right before Kalicz’s victory, ASU training partner Regan Smith rallied past Leah Hayes in the women’s 200 IM. Kalicz and Smith announced their decisions to train with Bob Bowman and the Sun Devils on the same day in August. Four months into the experiment, it seems to paying off for both of the versatile Olympic medalists.

“Regan just had a great swim; I get to feed off that everyday,” Kalicz said. “I know my age may seem a little older now, but I still feel like I’m 18. I really am enjoying this process and I want it as bad as I ever have.

“It’s a lot simpler for me because Bob is my age group coach, so I’m very familiar with it,” he added, comparing his transition in Tempe to Smith’s. “But I’d say Regan is adapting really well. It’s really great to have her, she’s an animal in practice — really phenomenal practice swimmer. Everything’s going according to plan so far.”

After qualifying third in prelims, Kalicz left no doubt about the outcome after overtaking Diehl at the 100-meter mark. Diehl and Nelson were the only other swimmers sub-2:00 in the final.

Nelson was just .o1 seconds behind his personal best from July. Diehl was close behind with a new personal best, .61 seconds faster than his previous best from prelims.

Comparative Splits

Splits Chase Kalisz Baylor Nelson Daniel Diehl
50 fly 25.52 26.35 25.38
50 back 29.72 29.70 30.58
50 breast 32.95 34.30 35.11
50 free 28.33 28.79 28.82
200 IM 1:56.52 1:59.14 1:59.89

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2 months ago

I am kind of pissed by the fact this huge swim has gone almost unnoticed..

Reply to  Mclovin
2 months ago

Isn’t this article giving this swim notice?

Reply to  OldNotDead
2 months ago

And there were 2 comments before mine

2 months ago

This kind of time at this point in the season where training is heavy, I think we can expect quite a big performance come fukuoka.

Though it’s still very early to say

Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
2 months ago

Can’t wait to see Kalicz, Marchand, and Diehl battle it out at 2024 Olympics. Defending gold medalist vs home country favorite vs a Phelps-like 19 yr old US phenom

I feel bad for Casas and Foster, although i think Foster will skip 2IM anyway

Last edited 2 months ago by Jimbob
2 months ago

Gotta love the veteran energy, the vets been killing it lately on the mens side (fink/kalisz mainly)

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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