Chase Kalisz On Jay Litherland: 'He Sniffs Blood In The Water. He'll Run Down Anyone'
2017 U.S. National Championships & Worlds TrialsJune 27 - July 1, 2017
Chase Kalisz knows a thing or two about swimming the 400 IM. After a speedy 4:06.99 -- the fastest time in the world this year -- Thursday night to qualify for his fourth consecutive major international team, Kalisz talked about the race, his teammate Jay Litherland, and looked ahead to stiff international competition at the World Championships.
Here is a little rundown of how the race went... Spoiler alert: Kalisz isn't the only Georgia Bulldog who is good at the 400 IM.
Another Georgia Bulldog 1-2-3 sweep in the 400m IM led by Chase Kalisz in 4:06.99 -- just 0.24 off his silver medal-winning time in Rio. At the 200 meter mark, Kalisz and Jay Litherland were neck and neck -- touching in 1:59.31 and 1:59.66, respectively. But as he traditionally does, Kalisz took off on the breaststroke leg with a massive 1:08.66 split. Litherland made a strong push on the freestyle leg, but it was too little too late to catch his teammate; he touched second in 4:09.31 -- his first time under 4:10. The third Bulldog, Gunnar Bentz, had a blazing freestyle leg as well -- making up some ground and touching third in 4:11.66.
1.) Chase Kalisz -- 4:06.99 (Qualified)
2.) Jay Litherland -- 4:09.31 (Qualified)
3.) Gunnar Bentz -- 4:11.66
4.) Jonathan Roberts -- 4:15.40
5.) Sean Grieshop -- 4:17.49
6.) Kieran Smith -- 4:18.82
7.) Charlie Swanson -- 4:19.26
8.) Curtis Ogren -- 4:21.88