INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 7. CLUB Wolverine's Peter Vanderkaay was out under American-record pace at the 200-meter mark, but settled for a strong time in the men's 400 free for the win at the USA Swimming National Championships.
Vanderkaay checked in with a time of 3:45.17, just beating his best time this year of 3:45.21. However, he still remains off the world-elite pace already posted by China's Zhang Lin (3:42.63) and Tunisia's Ous Mellouli (3:42.71) from earlier this year.
Vanderkaay was under Larsen Jensen's national record at the 100 (54.34 to 54.86) and the 200 (1:51.55 to 1:51.91) before falling off the pace at the 300 (2:48.60 to 2:48.07).
Club Wolverine teammate Dan Madwed pushed him the first 300 meters before Vanderkaay dropped a strong final 100 meters. Madwed clocked a silver-winning time of 3:47.24 to smash his personal best time of 3:47.24.
"I was sick a couple of weeks ago, but I think I bounced back," Vanderkaay said. "I just wanted to get out there and make the [World Championships] team. Daniel [Madwed] is a great asset to the team."
Longhorn's Michael Klueh (3:50.98) and Stanford's Trevor Scheid (3:51.10) provided some outside smoke with third and fourth-place finishes from lane 7 and 8, respectively.