By USA Swimming | Sunday, May 7, 2017
ATLANTA, Ga. – Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz (Bel Air, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club) led the way for Team USA on Saturday with a 2017 world-best in the men’s 400-meter individual medley of 4 minutes, 9.43 seconds at the arena Pro Swim Series at Atlanta.
Kalisz also set a McAuley Aquatic Center pool record and plans to improve even more on the swim. “I could probably work the backstroke a little more, and try not to die as much on the freestyle,” said Kalisz, who also won the 200m breaststroke on Friday. “It still wasn’t perfect, but I think it was a little smoother.”
Kalisz’s win was one of seven on the night for American swimmers.
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics) equaled a pool record in the men’s 200m backstroke in 1:55.82. “I was honestly a little bit surprised with that swim,” said Murphy. “I’m not going to lie, I felt like my confidence took a little bit of a hit at NCAAs. But I’ve been training really well, and I think I became a long course swimmer last year and I just didn’t make that transition back to short course.”
Fellow Olympic champions Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) and Simone Manuel(Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming) both picked up their second wins of the weekend. Ledecky took the win in the women’s 200m free in 1:56.26. Manuel touched first in the 50m free with a pool-record-breaking time of 24.73. The previous record was had stood since the 1996 Olympic Games were held in Atlanta.
Other U.S. swimmers earning wins on Saturday included:
- Brooke Forde (Louisville, Ky./Lakeside Swim Team) in the women’s 400m IM in 4:43.64
- Hali Flickinger (York, Pa./Athens Bulldog Swim Club) in the women’s 200m back in 2:10.56
- Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club) in the men’s 50m free in 22.38
The men’s 200m free was won by South Korea’s Park Tae Hwan with a time of 1:46.71.
The four-day meet concludes Sunday with prelims at 10 a.m. ET followed by finals at 7 p.m. Sunday’s final session also air live on Universal HD and on delay on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. All three finals sessions also will be streamed live via NBC Sports, and a live webcast is available at usaswimming.org.