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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 29. GEORGIA's super freshman Chase Kalisz, the man living legend Michael Phelps has tabbed as America's future in the 400-meter IM, dominated the back half to capture the men's 400-yard IM title at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships.
Kalisz threw down an epic time of 3:38.05 to move to sixth all time in the event's history. That swim blasted his previous best of 3:39.82, and stands as the seventh fastest swim of all time in the event's history.
Kalisz' championship was keyed by his amazing breaststroke split of 59.83 as he split the swim 51.55, 55.42, 59.83, 51.25 en route to Georgia's third win in the event's history. Robert Margalis (2003) and Bill Cregar (2011) are the only other Bulldog victors.
The former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer had the fortune of being presented his first NCAA title by NBAC owner and head coach Bob Bowman during the podium ceremony.
Pre-meet favorite Michael Weiss of Wisconsin wound up taking second in 3:39.61, just half-a-second off his personal best of 3:39.17 from just a month ago. Florida's Dan Wallace finished third overall in 3:39.87.
California's Josh Prenot (3:40.49), Indiana's Stephen Schmuhl (3:42.41), Arizona's Michael Meyer (3:42.54), Michigan's Dylan Bosch (3:42.95) and Texas' Austin Surhoff (3:44.27) also competed in the finale. In front of a hometown crowd, Michigan's Kyle Whitaker won the B final in 3:43.15. Whitaker is from Chesterton, Ind., just up the road.
Michigan remained in front with 214 points, while California stood second with 179.5 points. Auburn (142.5), Texas (134) and USC (128) made up third through fifth.