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SANTA CLARA, California, June 21. NBAC’s Chase Kalisz posted a sub-1:10 breaststroke split en route to fifth in the world in the men’s 400-meter IM at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara.
Kalisz, who was even with the field at the 200, smashed everyone with a sizzling breaststroke split to move to fifth in the world with a 4:11.71 for a five-second triumph. His performance tonight is the second-best in his career, bettering the 4:11.83 he used to win Nationals last year. His best time ever is a 4:09.22 from the World Championships last summer.
Gators’ Sebastien Rousseau wound up taking second in 4:17.49, while Dynamo’s Jay Litherland snared third in 4:18.29 to round out the podium-placers.
Dan Wallace (4:18.84), Dynamo’s Gunnar Bentz (4:19.03), Aquazot’s Corey Okubo (4:19.36), Stanford’s Max Williamson (4:21.10), Club Wolverine’s Kyle Whitaker (4:26.52) and Gators’ Diago Decarvalho (4:27.96) put up the rest of the times in the A final.
NBAC’s Ous Mellouli pulled off some outside smoke in the B final with a 4:19.13 to win from lane 9. Wisconsin’s Michael Weiss claimed second in 4:22.42 with Matt Elliott placing third in 4:25.23.
John Martens (4:27.36), Nitro’s Sean Grieshop (4:27.47), California’s Adam Hinshaw (4:29.05), Jakub Maly (4:29.89), Canada’s William Brothers (4:31.66) and PASA’s Curtis Ogren (4:32.31) also swam in the consolation heat.