Chase Kalisz, Abrahm DeVine Smoke 1:56’s in 200 IM Final

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In the first year of the post-Michael Phelps era, Chase Kalisz proved he is the new name to watch for the future in the IM’s. Kalisz won both IM’s at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming Nationals in Indianapolis. He won the 200 on Saturday night with an impressive 1:56.51. He will be joined in Budapest by 20-year-old Abrahm DeVine from Stanford who was second at 1:56.79. DeVine beat Cal’s Josh Prenot who was third at 1:57.14. DeVine will be swimming in his first major international meet in three weeks as the Seattle native dropped a huge best time.

Prenot will be not going to Budapest as he was also third in the 200 breast final on Wednesday. Gunnar Bentz (1:58.31), Will Licon (1:58.90), Jay Litherland (1:59.53), Michael Weiss (1:59.62) and Grant Sanders (2:01.86) also competed in the A-final.

The USA has not lost the 200 IM at the World Championships since 2001 when Massi Rosolino of Italy won the world title. Phelps and Ryan Lochte won every world title since then. Kalisz will have his hands full in Budapest as he sits behind Germany’s Philip Heintz (1:55.76), Japan’s Kosuke Hagino (1:56.01) and China’s Wang Shun (1:56.16) in the world rankings.

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