ATHENS — Another NCAA swim meet, another U.S. record for Georgia’s Chase Kalisz.
The senior from Bel Air, Md., recorded a blazing 3:33.42 to win the 400-yard individual medley race. That time lowered his own American, U.S. Open, NCAA, NCAA Championship, UGA and pool record. He finished nearly three seconds faster than runner-up Andrew Seliskar of California (3:36.18).
“I’m more happy with the time than the title,” Kalisz said. “Titles are always nice, but I’m pleased with how I put the race together. I’m also very proud of Jay and Gunnar and how they did. I get to train with them every day and they are a big part of my life. It was pretty special having both of them in the finals.”
Heading into the final day of competition, the Bulldogs stand eighth overall with 141 points. Texas has the team lead with 391.5, followed by California with 253, Florida with 224.5, N.C. State with 196, Indiana with 189.5, Stanford with 160 and Southern Cal with 142.5. Georgia is gunning for its ninth top-10 finish in the last 10 seasons.
The NCAAs will conclude on Saturday with the 1,650 freestyle, the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 200 breaststroke, the 200 butterfly, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay. Prelims start at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m.
Whatever happens, Kalisz has made certain it will be a memorable meet for the Bulldogs.
“Chase swam the race the way he hoped he would and the way we knew he could,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “He’s a tremendous competitor and he takes a lot of pride in that event. He’s the fastest person in our sport ever in that race. Just think about that. What he and the others did in that race set the tone for the night.”