Irvine - Double
world champion Chase Kalisz won the men's 200m individual medley in a
blistering 1:55.73 on Sunday to cap the US swimming championships
with a second IM title.
Kalisz put himself atop the world rankings for 2018 heading into the Pan Pacific Championships starting in Tokyo on August 9.
"That one was definitely my best race of the meet," said Kalisz, who
was disappointed with his winning time in the 400m IM two days earlier.
"I honestly didn't think I was going to go 1:55."
Abrahm DeVine was second in 1:57.41 while Gunnar Bentz and Andrew Seliskar tied for third in 1:58.23.
Kalisz, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 400m IM, swept the medleys at the World Championships in Budapest last year.
He said he was looking forward to the Pan Pacs, where his 200m
competition could include Japan's Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto and
China's Wang Shun.
The Pan Pacs are the biggest international meet for US swimmers this
year, and also another qualifier for next year's World Championships in
Olympic 100m freestyle gold medalist Simone Manuel completed a freestyle
sprint sweep with a victory in the 50m in 24.10, breaking the US Open
record wet by Australia's Cate Campbell in 2008.
"I'm happy with that," said Manuel, who led all the way.
Abbey Weitzeil was second in 24.63 and Margo Geer third in 24.79.
Michael Andrew, 19, sprinted to his fourth title of the week in the
men's 50m freestyle, besting a field stacked with world and Olympic champions
with a time of 21.49.
Caeleb Dressel, who won the 50m freestyle at Budapest as part of a
seven-gold World Championships haul, was second in 21.67 and Nathan
Adrian, the 2012 Olympics 100m free gold medalist, was third in 21.85.
"Last one, fast one," Andrew, a former age group phenomenon who
turned pro at 14, said after a meet that saw him qualify for his first
senior international championships.
He had already won the 50m butterfly and breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke.
"Being on the team, there was no pressure," he said of the 50 freestyle. I
could race completely free. I wanted to see what I was capable of."
Kathleen Baker, still riding high on the excitement of breaking the
100m backstroke world record on Thursday, went out hard and held on to
win the 200m individual medley in a world-leading time of 2:08.32.
It was a US Open record for the 21-year-old, who sliced three seconds
off her previous best in an event that has taken a back seat to
backstroke in her international competition.
"I only slept like four and a half hours last night because I was so
excited," Baker said.
"When you're having such a great meet it really
just carries into your other races and gives you a lot of confidence."
Melanie Margalis was a distant second in 2:09.43 and Ella Eastin was third in 2:10.84.
With world record-holder Katie Ledecky taking the night off, Ashley
Twichell won the women's 1 500m freestyle in 15:55.68. Ally McHugh was
second in 16:02.56 and Erica Sullivan third in 16:02.88.
Zane Grothe won the men's 800m freestyle in a US Open record of 7:44.57 - the first time he's swum under 7:50 in the event.
Jordan Wilimovsky was second in 7:47.51 and Robert Finke third in 7:51.45.