Kalisz clocked a personal best en route to his silver medal.
Aug. 4, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain --- Current and former Georgia swimmers earned three medals -- two golds and a silver -- in the final day of the 15th FINA World Championships on Sunday. Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano both earned gold medals in the 400-meter medley relay, while Chase Kalisz won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley.
Vreeland, a rising senior, and Romano, a 2013 senior, swam the freestyle anchor legs for the U.S. in the prelims and finals, respectively, with both securing gold for their efforts.
Vreeland contributed a 53.48 split in the morning, helping the U.S. to the top qualifying time of 3:58.66. Romano clocked a 53.43 leg in the final and stopped the clock at 3:53.23 for the Americans, 1.99 seconds faster than runner-up Australia.
After swimming the fastest qualifying time of 4:11.87 in the morning, Kalisz clocked a personal-best 4:09.22 in the final to claim silver.
"That's been my goal all along, to get under 4:10," Kalisz said. "Obviously, medaling was just a bonus on top. I kind of had that goal in the back of my mind at the start of the season. Coming from the junior national team, I knew it was going to be tough trying to make the transition, but I'm very, very happy with the outcome."
The rising sophomore from Bel Air, Md., progressed through the field throughout his swim. He was seventh after the backstroke, inched to sixth during the butterfly, surged to fourth during the breast stroke and climbed from third to second in the final 50 meters of the freestyle.
"The front half is really not my strong part so I was just trying to stay right there and mentally in check, knowing these guys are better backstroke and butterfliers than me," Kalisz said. "Breast stroke is my strong part so I wanted to stay in there until then and just come on as strong as I could on freestyle."
Rising junior Nic Fink missed out on a medal in the men's 400-meter medley relay when the U.S. team was disqualified on an early exchange in the final. Fink turned in a 1:00.17 breaststroke leg in the preliminaries Sunday morning as the U.S. produced the fastest qualifying time of 3:32.72. He was not in the lineup for the final.
Rising sophomore Chantal Van Landeghem helped Canada to a seventh-place showing in the 400-meter medley relay. She swam a 54.38 split for the Canadians, who finished in 4:00.19.