March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas --- Georgia's Chase Kalisz won the 400 individual medley in record-breaking fashion on Friday in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the Jamail Center on the University of Texas campus.
Behind the sophomore from Bel Air. Md., the Bulldogs solidified their fifth-place spot in the team standings with 200 points. Texas (318.5) and California (312.5) are heading into a final-day showdown for the team title, while Florida is third with 279 and Michigan is fourth with 225.
Kalisz posted a time of 3:34.50 to win the 400 individual medley by nearly four seconds over Florida's Dan Wallace (3:38.17). Kalisz's time eclipsed the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and NCAA Championships mark of 3:35.98 set by Michigan's Tyler Clary in 2009. Kalisz also lowered his own school record of 3:36.89.
"It's been a goal of mine all season long, so to finally accomplish it, I couldn't be happier," said Kalisz, who also won the title as a freshman last year. "I feel like I'm on top of the world right now. When you set goals, you have to believe in yourself. I had an idea, but luckily it worked out for me today. It feels just as good as it did last year. It never gets old."
Kalisz (2013 and 2014), Robert Margalis (2003) and Bill Cregar (2011) are the other Bulldogs who have won the event.
Nicolas Fink was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 51.48.
Matias Koski broke the school record in the 200 freestyle during prelims, then broke it again as he came in fourth in the finals. Koski went 1:33.22 in prelims to top Matt Bartlett's 2010 mark of 1:33.83. Koski then went 1:32.66 in the evening session.
Doug Reynolds came in eighth in the 100 butterfly in 46.31.
Taylor Dale took 13th in the 100 backstroke in 46.24.
The 200 medley relay of Dale, Fink, Reynolds and Michael Trice stopped the clock in 1:24.87 to finish sixth.
The 800 freestyle relay of Koski, Kalisz, Fink and Alec Cohen placed ninth in a school-record 6:18.53.
The NCAAs will conclude on Saturday.